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1- The Treble
No English side had won the treble of a domestic league title, FA Cup and European championship until Manchester United achieved this feat in 1999. Sir Alex Ferguson led his side to the league title, despite a stiff challenge from Wenger’s Arsenal. Manchester United defeated Newcastle a week later to land the FA Cup.
But their biggest challenge came in Europe when they faced Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Barcelona. The German giants scored early through Basler and remained in control for the majority of the game. However, the Red Devils struck two injury-time goals to clinch the coveted European Cup.
2- Breaking Arsenal’s unbeaten record
Arsenal was quite a formidable side in the early 2000s. In the 2003-04 seasons, Arsene Wenger’s side became the first Premier League team to remain unbeaten throughout an entire campaign, thus earning the nickname The Invincibles. In the 38 games season, the Gunners claimed 26 victories and 12 draws to pull off this incredible feat.
However, their first defeat came at the hands of Manchester United who ended their 48 matches unbeaten run at Old Trafford in October 2004. Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney earned their names on the scoresheet as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side claimed a comfortable victory in front of their home crowd.
3- Ferguson’s last Premier League title
The 2012-13 Premier League season was the last of Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at Old Trafford. The legendary manager managed to go out on a high, leading the Manchester side to their 20th league crown.
Manchester City had pipped them to the title last season but United put together a series of impressive performances the following campaign to clinch the coveted trophy. Following their initial loss against Everton, the Red Devils went on a good run to surge to the top of the table in November. They didn’t let their position slip over the following months and stormed to the Premier League title.
Ferguson’s final match against West Brom was very memorable as United struck five goals but ultimately could only take a single point from the game. The Baggies’ on-loan striker RomeluLukaku spoiled the party for the visitors as he plundered three goals to earn a draw for his side.
4- United’s first league title since 1967
It had been a long time that Manchester United hadn’t won the Premier League title. The last time they pulled off this feat was in 1967 when Sir Matt Busby was at the helm of affairs at United. Since then, the English league had mostly seen the domination of Liverpool. However, things changed when Sir Alex Ferguson took charge at Old Trafford in 1986.
In the inaugural Premier League season, Aston Villa was looking like the favorites for the league title as they led the table for most of the campaign. But the Red Devils went on a great run towards the latter stages of the season and ultimately landed the coveted trophy easily, finishing 10 points above Villa. And once the jinx was broken, there was no stopping the Manchester side.
5- 2008 Champions League victory
Champions League 2007-08 seasons were highly successful for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side who landed three trophies by May. They beat Chelsea and Arsenal to the league crown, with their star player and EPL top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo in the form of his life. While in Europe, the Red Devils downed Lyon, Roma, and Barcelona in the knockout stages to face Avram Grant’s Chelsea in the Champions League final.
The in-form Ronaldo opened the scoring for United through a brilliant header but Frank Lampard soon equalized for the Blues. After both sides failed to extend the scoreline even in the extra-time, the game headed to penalties where surprisingly Cristiano missed his spot-kick but the Red Devils went on to win by 6-5. This way, Ferguson landed his second European Cup.