Top 30 Premier League moments: No. 3 – Manchester United win first piece of historic treble

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To celebrate the 30th season of the Premier League, we are counting down and ranking our top 30 moments in Premier League history and this time Manchester United take center stage.

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That’s right, yours truly, Joe Prince-Wright, has selected the top 30 moments in PL history.

This is not only a huge honor, but also a huge headache. How on earth do you condense 30 seasons of magic into 30 individual moments!?

Well, we did it.


How will our Premier League top 30 moments work?

Before each matchweek from now until the end of the 2021-22 season we will unveil the latest moment, as we count down the top moments in PL history from 30 to 1.

From incredible goals to late title drama and emotional sendoffs to legendary players dazzling awe-inspired crowds, we’re going to celebrate and rank the best moments this wonderful league has produced.

Click on the video above to see number 3, as below we focus on Manchester United’s historic treble as they won the Premier League title.


Premier League Top 30 moments: Number 3 – Manchester United win historic treble, as they secure Premier League title on final day to set up incredible trophy-laden run to end 1998-99

When we talk about the best-ever teams in Premier League history, this is the team that is right up there.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side dominated the first two decades of the Premier League and it was at the end of the 1998-99 season that their finest moment arrived.

United won the historic treble (something no English team has completed before or since) and the first leg of that treble was winning the Premier League title on the final day of the season. On May 16, 1999 they hosted Tottenham at Old Trafford and knew a win would secure the title.

But they went behind early on as Les Ferdinand scored and if that result stood, Arsenal would have pipped Man United to win the league title on the final day. However, goals either side of half time from David Beckham and then Andy Cole put Manchester United 2-1 up and they held on to win the title.

Days later they beat Newcastle United in the FA Cup final at Wembley to secure the double and they then crowned it all by beating Bayern Munich in dramatic fashion in the UEFA Champions League final to secure the historic treble.

Roy Keane was the heartbeat in midfield, Peter Schmeichel the hero in goal, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs were flying down the wings, while Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke were unplayable up top and Paul Scholes was the maestro in midfield. Sprinkle in all of their experienced stars and young talents and this was a truly special side.

What a team. What a run. What a treble.


Top 30 list

30: Dennis Bergkamp’s brilliant hat trick
29: Newcastle’s amazing comeback from 4-0 down
28: Heung-min Son’s stunning solo goal
27: Thierry Henry’s incredible volley v. Man United
26: Late drama in epic Manchester derby
25: Olivier Giroud scores sensational scorpion kick goal
24: Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira clash in tunnel
23: West Brom’s epic ‘Great Escape’ from relegation
22: Paolo Di Canio’s stunning scissor volley
21: Blackburn Rovers win title on final day
20: Cristiano Ronaldo scores stunning free kick
19: Kevin Keegan’s infamous rant
18: Chelsea win first-ever PL title, first league title in 50 years
17: David Beckham scores amazing goal from halfway line
16: Heart-wrenching Steven Gerrard slip costs Liverpool title
15: Manchester United, Arsenal clash in ‘Battle of the Buffet’
14: Wayne Rooney, 16, scores amazing goal: ‘Remember the name’
13: Eric Cantona scores incredible chip, then delivers iconic celebration
12: Sheikh Mansour buys Manchester City, as new era arrives
11: Alan Shearer breaks Newcastle’s all-time scoring record
10: Sir Alex Ferguson bids farewell, calls time on legendary coaching career
9: Liverpool win first Premier League trophy, first league title in 30 years
8: Goalkeeper Alisson scores dramatic season-saving goal
7: Jose Mourinho arrives in England at Chelsea, names himself ‘The Special One’
6: Liverpool beat Newcastle in all-time classic
5: Wayne Rooney scores incredible overhead kick in Manchester derby
4: Arsenal win title, as Invincibles go entire 2003-04 campaign undefeated
3: Manchester United complete historic treble, win title on final day of 1998-99 season