FA Cup 1999
A week after clinching the title and claiming the first of three trophies on offer at the end of the 1998/99 season, the Reds secured part two of their Treble bid with a comfortable win over Newcastle at Wembley.
The Reds had had to work pretty hard to get there, mind you. After seeing off Middlesbrough in round three, a last-gasp winner from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against Liverpool booked the Reds a fifth round tie with Fulham. Andy Cole struck the decisive goal against the Cottagers, while his strike partner Dwight Yorke found the net twice in the quarter-final replay victory at Chelsea.
Another replay was required in the semi-final tie with Arsenal which ultimately turned out to be one of the most memorable games in United’s history, featuring arguably the greatest ever FA Cup goal from Ryan Giggs.
The Toon Army stood in United’s way at Wembley, but Teddy Sheringham’s 11th-minute opener, just seconds after coming off the bench to replace the injured Roy Keane, put the Reds in control and they never looked back.
Paul Scholes sealed the win with a low drive early in the second half and edged the Reds a step closer to Treble glory.
United’s run to the 1999 FA Cup final:
United 3-1 Middlesbrough
(Cole, Irwin, Giggs)
United 2-1 Liverpool
United 1-0 Fulham
United 0-0 Chelsea
Replay: Chelsea 0-2 United
United 0-0 Arsenal
Replay: United 2-1 Arsenal
United 2-0 Newcastle
United’s final line-up: Schmeichel; G.Neville, Johnsen, May, P.Neville; Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs; Cole, Solskjaer.