How Man United Fared in Season After Treble Win as Man City Look to Win It All Again in 2024

How Man United Fared in Season After Treble Win as Man City Look to Win It All Again in 2024

Joel Reyes
March 2, 2024 at 4:06 PM
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  • Manchester United made history when they won the treble back in 1999
  • Manchester City became the second English team to win the treble last year
  • United were denied an opportunity to win back-to-back trebles in 2000

Winning a treble is difficult; doing it in back-to-back seasons is almost impossible.

That is the task at hand for Manchester City, who are right in the thick of the Premier League title race and are still alive in the Champions League and FA Cup.

With City looking to create more history, Sports Brief examines Manchester United's 1999-2000 campaign, the season following their historic treble win.

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Peter Schmeichel and Sir Alex Ferguson celebrate after winning the Champions League; Man City celebrate after winning the treble. Images: John Peters/ Nigel French.
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Manchester United's 1999-2000 season

The Red Devils entered the 1999-2000 campaign with high expectations following their unprecedented treble the previous season.

United became the first English side to win the Premier League, FA Cup, and the UEFA Champions League in the same season, capturing those three trophies in a memorable 11-day span.

The problem for Sir Alex Ferguson's men was the post-treble hangover. There was nowhere to go but down for United after winning it all in the 1998-99 season.

They managed to retain their Premier League title with ease, finishing 18 points ahead of second-placed Arsenal in the standings.

The same can't be said, however, of their title defence in the Champions League. They crashed out in the quarter-finals, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Real Madrid.

They were denied an opportunity to defend their FA Cup title, with the Red Devils ordered to withdraw from the tournament and compete instead in the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship, per The Guardian.

United's bid to win the title ended in disappointment, though, as they failed to advance past the group stage. They finished third in the group following a loss to Vasco de Gama.

Man City target treble 2.0

The treble is on once again for Pep Guardiola's men. They trail leaders Liverpool by just one point in the Premier League table heading into Matchday 27.

They have yet to lose in the Champions League this season, with their latest victory coming in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie with FC Copenhagen.

Their FA Cup campaign is off and running as well, with Erling Haaland scoring five goals in their 6-2 win over Luton Town during mid-week.

Guardiola and ten Hag battle again

Sports Brief recently reported on Guardiola and ten Hag's Manchester derby meetings.

They have faced each other four times as City and United bosses.

Manchester City hold a 3-1 edge during that period.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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