Manchester United's Class of 2012-13 vs. Class of 1998-99

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Manchester United's Class of 2012-13 vs. Class of 1998-99
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Champions League Triumph 1998/9

Manchester United's achievements in 1998/9 would be hard to match, especially this season with the depth of competition in the Premier and Champions Leagues.

There are already strong similarities, however, and those supporters who remember the sheer elation of the triumph over Bayern or of Ryan Giggs' stunning FA Cup goal would love a dose of deja-vu.

In this brief review, we consider the possibility of history repeating itself and the reasons why.

After all, the manager is still here, and so are some of the players, so it is certainly in United's DNA to do it again. 

Sometimes you need to have a tough challenge or two to realize how good you are. It seems utterly bizarre that, despite being pipped in the League last season with the highest second place points ever and now sitting proudly atop the table, United still come in for criticism.

There are journos who still say this is not a good United squad. There are even posters who criticise the team regularly and want wholesale squad changes as early as January.

So maybe a comparison between 1998/99 and 2012/13 can give a sense of perspective as to how well United are actually doing, as well as remind us of the rich heritage of success.

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