Manchester United having lost both the Premiership Crown and the FA Cup to Arsenal last season, would have good reason to want to claim them back during 1998/99 season. Alex Ferguson was certainly not scared to bring-in new faces in his quest for glory signing almost £30 million of talent to Old Trafford at the start the season, including defender Jaap Stam, winger Jesper Blomqvist and striker Dwight Yorke. The Charity Shield was perhaps a match too soon for the new talent as they lost 3-0 to title holders Arsenal, and then found themselves 2 goals down against Leicester in the opening game of the season, but that is where it began to change. September was average for the Red Devils, but then the crunch tie, and FA Premiership holders Arsenal beat them again with a convincing 3-0 defeat. Was Alex Ferguson's side capable of winning the title? BskyB also proposed a take-over of the most successful club this decade, which would prove to drag on for the months to come and although ultimately rules-out by the government the outrage felt by the most loyal followers of the club would not be forgotten so easily. As well as the league the Reds had firm hopes of being successful in Europe this season, and completed the league stages of the Champions League, having had a controversial draw against Barcelona at Old Trafford, they achieved promotion to the quarter-final stages finishing second in their group. They also became the highest scorers in the competition so far. Having gone out of the Worthington Cup in the 5th Round at the hands of Tottenham, the FA cup campaign proved to be much more successful and a semi-final draw against Arsenal resulted in the replay being played at Villa Park. This was to prove to be a corker, after a saved penalty by Schmeichel in the 90th minute the game went into extra-time, in the 109th minute Ryan Giggs took the ball from the half way line, rounded defenders and stuck the ball past Seaman to earn them a place in the final against Newcastle. The FA Premiership went down to the wire. Arsenal were relying on their long time rivals Tottenham to defeat the Reds, but they didn't, and Old Trafford was euphoric as the trophy was lifted. Less than a week later Manchester United were to hold the FA Cup aloft after beating Newcastle 2-0 at Wembley. Then came the real test, the Champions League Final against Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, an unbelievable game which looked destined to go the Germans way, when Sheringham scored the equaliser in the 90th minute, and less than a minute later there was Solskjaer's incredible Nou Camp winner. United had won the League Championship, FA Cup and European Cup treble, a feat that was unique in the history of English football. The following day the boys came home to a hero's welcome in the city of Manchester, the streets were engulfed with over 500,000 people, a truly unbelievable sight.