Manchester United’s 1998-99 season marked the first time an English club has ever recorded a treble—winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in the same season. This season, Chelsea looks set to accomplish that very same feat.
During that year, in a span of 10 days, the Red Devils put the finishing touches on a historic season.
First, they wrapped up an impressive league run with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham on May 16. With a 22-13-3 record—79 points—the Red Devils just edged out Arsenal for the league title by a single point.
Manchester United followed that up on May 22 by beating Newcastle United 2-0 to secure the FA Cup. After allowing two goals in the first two rounds, the Red Devils recorded five shutouts in their next six games, only conceding one goal.
Finally, the Red Devils added an improbable 2-1 comeback victory over Bayern Munich on May 26 in the Champions League final. Down 1-0 at the 90th minute, Manchester United substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer each tallied goals in stoppage time to ensure the victory.
It also ensured the club would enjoy a treble, and the eternal glory that comes from winning it.
Since then, United’s 2007-08 campaign—which included a Champions League triumph and a league title—is the closest any team has gotten to repeating the feat.
This season, with a fantastic start to their name, Chelsea have a look similar to that of the historic Red Devils.
Here are eight reasons the Blues will emulate Manchester United’s treble-winning season.