CM3 98/99 Season – The Treble Challenge: Part 3 | @RossBell1984

For the final time this week, Ross assumes the role of Alex Ferguson. Rumour has it he’s been caught at work singing ‘come on you reds’…if you missed yesterday, you can catch up here.

Here we go then, the one that all Man U fans cling on to like it’s some major accomplishment. Let’s get this over with. 

Our group draw is obviously an easy one, Man U only get easy groups. Lens, Galatasaray (more on them in a bit) & Club Brugge.

We start with a routine 4-0 victory at home to RC Lens, shockingly a team with Alex Nyarko and Lamine Sakho are no match for us.

Next up is literally the worst possible fixture I could imagine. An away trip to Galatasaray… I’ll leave that and just say it was 1-1 move on.

Club Brugge up next and it’s a comfortable 2-0 win. It’s so easy in fact that I bring on David Healy for his debut and he only goes and scores.

I won’t bore you with the rest of the group game images, we won all of them. 3-0 v Brugge, 4-0 v Lens and 4-0 v Galatasaray. Piece of cake.

Rewriting history, we end up playing Bayern Munich in the Quarter Finals this time around and things don’t go to plan in the first leg as we fall to a 2-1 defeat thanks to CLM legend Elber. Work to do in the second leg then.

Back at Old Trafford and it’s a cagey affair until the 88th minute where Ole pops up with the 1 goal we needed to progress. 

We head to Amsterdam for the Semi Final first leg and it’s not massively convincing, but it gets the job done.

Back to Salford for the second leg and it’s all going well until Arveladze makes it a bit nervy for the final 15 but job done. Final here we come.

The final it is then. 1 game from not only winning the big one but almost doubling Fergie trophy haul for the “famous” season. 

We are the “home” team for the Italian based final against Juventus…. Anyway, Yorke gets an early goal and that’s all she wrote. European Champions, great. 

That’s it then, easy really. If anything, Man U fans should be furious with the 99 team for not winning more. Here are the stats for those of you who like looking at stats. The decision to play 3 up top certainly paid dividends with Yorke scoring 39 in 44 when in reality he scored 18 goals in that season, another reason why I’m better than Fergie. 16 yellow cards for Roy Keane, good. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these blogs. I’ve begrudgingly had a lot of fun replaying this game for the first time in about 20 years. You can expect to read more of my saves on this game on this site in the future.

Oh yeah one more thing. 

Ross 6, Fergie 3. Fin

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