Following up The Treble was an impossible task for Manchester United.

The team’s incredible achievement may never be equalled, and it served to overshadow an even better Premier League performance in 1999/2000.

United ended the season with 91 points, bettering the 79 it took to win the title in 1998/99. It was almost taken for granted and forgotten how good this side was.

The team suffered only three league defeats, and ended the campaign with Sir Alex Ferguson’s greatest ever winning run to close out a season.

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What happened?

United won 11 matches in a row to end the season, playing some of the best football of the Fergie era.

This was the spell where the Treble team peaked domestically, with the only blotch late in the season being a Champions League quarter final exit at the hands of a Raul and Fernando Redondo inspired Real Madrid.

United took those frustrations out on the Premier League, swatting aside every team we came up against.

We won the title by 18 points and there was no let up even in the dead rubber matches at the end of the season. The team were ruthless.

 

Highlights included a 7-1 win over West Ham, and a 4-0 win at Bradford which featured a memorable Paul Scholes volley from the edge of the box after David Beckham’s corner.

Dwight Yorke led the way, scoring nine goals in 11 games, while Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Jordi Cruyff, Quinton Fortune, Paul Scholes, Henning Berg, David Beckham and Denis Irwin all chipped in with goals, along with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Treble team went unbeaten in the league from January, but these results saw a number of draws, including four in the last eight games

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Significant to Solskjaer

Solskjaer scored six goals during the 11 game winning streak, which included strikes against Chelsea and Tottenham.

His memory of the way United ended the season should provide his current United team with hope 20 years on.

This is a very different United, but one hoping to mesh the same team spirit and technical quality which made the 99/2000 side almost unstoppable.

There are 11 games remaining of the current league season, and some tough fixtures ahead, beginning with Everton this weekend.

We have won the last two Premier League games in a row, and while we don’t foresee us eclipsing the 99/2000 team’s winning run, it doesn’t hurt to try and use them as inspiration.

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