Spain’s Valencia comes to Old Trafford on Tuesday night hoping to register their first away win over Manchester United and collect the three points which will take them to the top of Group C. Three previous visits produced two draws and a defeat. With both sides assured of progressing to the knockout stage of the Champions League, another honourable draw will not surprise especially if Sir Alex Ferguson decides to field a starting line up with one eye upon the top of the table clash against Arsenal on Monday.
With Manchester United drawn to meet Liverpool in the FA Cup third round, memories were soon rekindled of the 1999 fourth round clash on the road to the treble in 1999. Sir Alex Ferguson later reflected that defeating Liverpool was the pivotal point which set up that unforgettable season. Liverpool had taken an early three minute lead through Michael Owen leaving United to hit the woodwork twice and dominating most of the second half without being able to find a reply. Home fans were all but ready to accept an inevitable end to a treble dream before United finally found a way to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
The Premier League was introduced to English football in 1992-93 with Manchester United claiming the first two titles but then a determined Blackburn Rovers came along to prevent a hat trick. Together with a moment of madness from cult hero Eric Cantona at Crystal Palace, a third successive title was narrowly prevented by a big spending Rovers side managed by former Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish.