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26 September 2013
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The Promised Land

Manchester United’s Historic Treble
by Daniel Harris - Find out more about the author


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In 1998-99, Manchester United won the Premier League, the FA Cup and Champions League – the only team to accomplish such a feat in fifty-five years of trying. Whether that makes it the finest of all time is open to debate, but what is not is the status of the season: it is, simply and incontrovertibly, the finest ever enjoyed by an English team.

And yet it’s not the success that’s truly extraordinary, but the glory. The season featured astounding football, exceptional competition, staggering determination, ceaseless dramatic tension and astonishing plot twists, performed by a cast of fascinating, iconic characters. It encompassed the entire gamut of joy and narrative that makes football, sport and life so compelling.

The Promised Land relives those breathless moments on a month-by-month basis, delving into the training ground, the dressing room, into the minds of the players, management and coaches, and out onto the pitch with what was a special team, and the last of its type. Comprised of homegrown players with a smattering of northern Europeans, it was the last to truly represent and connect with its support.

Daniel Harris is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He was shortlisted for best new writer at the British Sports Book Awards for On The Road: A Journey Through a Season, which follows United through the 2009-10 season. He has written leaders, features and interviews for various broadsheets; writes on football for The Guardian; appears on Sky News’ paper review; is a regular guest on Sports Tonight Live, and has just finished his first novel. He was fortunate enough to witness in person a large proportion of games in that glorious treble season.