We all remember the Manchester United treble.
Back in 1999, United achieved the impossible under Sir Alex Ferguson, winning the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League.
The likes of Peter Schmeichel, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole wrote their names into history by reaching a summit many thought impossible that season.
But an amazing stat – buried for years – has been unearthed… Feast your eyes on this:
Amazing. The classic United treble XI – Schmeichel; Neville, Johnsen, Stam, Irwin; Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs; Cole, Yorke – actually only started one game together:https://t.co/yoQsdS9DME
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) January 27, 2018
That’s right, only once that season did the team considered to be the treble-winning XI all start a game together in the Premier League: a 1-0 win away at Coventry (they also started the Champions League clash with Inter Milan, which they won 2-0).
So how the hell did this happen?
Well, Ferguson regularly played Henning Berg instead of Ronny Johnsen; Nicky Butt was often deployed that season in midfield, and that side’s forgotten man, Jesper Blomqvist, who started the Champions League final, played 38 times for United that year.
Forget everything you thought you knew.