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    Last Day Drama: 98/99

    There was a happy ending last time United went into the final day of the season fighting for the Premier League title, on 16 May, 1999 against Tottenham...

    Having missed the chance to seal the title at Blackburn, the Reds knew victory over Tottenham would bring the Premier League trophy back to Old Trafford. Arsenal hosted Aston Villa at Highbury, hoping for a favour from their arch-rivals.

    Far from keen to co-operate, Tottenham fans arrived at Old Trafford armed with placards reading: "Let them win." Goalkeeper Ian Walker almost gave both sets of fans a dream start when his clearance hit Dwight Yorke, only for the spinning ball to defy physics, hit the inside of the post and stop on the line.

    One of those days? The early signs didn't augur well as Les Ferdinand toe-poked a 25-yard effort skyward and watched on, as everyone did, in wonder as the ball bounced down and over the line, despite the efforts of a scrambling Peter Schmeichel.

    That was the Dane's last telling act of the match as United, shocked into life, began to lay siege to Ian Walker's goal.

    The former England keeper, just as Ludek Miklosko had four years earlier, decided that today was the day to have the game of his life. As half-time approached, it took a David Beckham special to finally beat him. Picking up the ball on the right-hand side of the area, Beckham arced a superb effort into the top corner to haul United level.

    Sir Alex Ferguson opted to replace Teddy Sheringham with Andy Cole at half-time, and it proved to be a masterstroke. Cole needed just two minutes and three touches to have United ahead.

    One touch stopped the flight of Gary Neville's chipped pass, the next brought the ball under control, and the telling touch lifted a delicate lob high over Walker and into the goal. Old Trafford has rarely known such ground-shaking pandemonium.

    Having nudged ahead, United seemed to be struck by the precarious nature of the situation and sat back. Nerves were hardly helped by the news that Kanu had put Arsenal ahead against Villa.

    Spurs created nothing as United defended stoically, but struggled to find any attacking rhythm. The final half-hour seemed to take an eternity, before Graham Poll's whistle finally sounded to confirm United as champions.

    Next stop Wembley, then Barcelona...



    Sunday, 16 May, 1999
    Results
    Manchester United 2 Tottenham 1
    Arsenal 1 Aston Villa 0

    Final Table
    1. United P38 W22 D13 L3 Pts 79
    2. Arsenal P38 W22 D12 L4 Pts 78

    What The Boss Said
    'When I first came here I hoped for two things: To win the championship and then to win it in front of our own fans."
    - Sir Alex Ferguson

    What The Papers Said
    "Tottenham, the unwelcome guests at an orgy of self-congratulation, played a convincingly straight bat to suggestions that they would opt for the traditional walk-on, die, walk-off final day role so beloved of teams in the comfort zone."
    - The Guardian

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    Bruce: Expect no favours

    Wigan Athletic manager Steve Bruce insists his side will do everything in their power to overcome United in this weekend's clash at the JJB Stadium.

    The former United skipper has close ties with Old Trafford after a glittering nine year Reds career but, with his old side in need of victory to clinch the Premier League title, Bruce insists there will be no favours from the Latics on Sunday.

    "Everybody who knows me knows me better than that," says the Wigan boss.

    "What am I going to say to the team? 'Just roll over and let Man United win'?

    "That's not going to happen. Make no mistake, we'll be trying our utmost."

    Wigan host United in Sunday's finale, while second-placed Chelsea take on Bolton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge.

    United must at least equal Chelsea's result against Gary Megson's men to clinch a tenth Premier League crown and a 17th championship in total.

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    Boss banks on Archie influence

    Much has been made of how committed Steve Bruce's Wigan Athletic will be against United on Sunday having already secured their Premier League status. But little has been mentioned about the part Bolton Wanderers could still play in the title race.

    Gary Megson's side are almost certain of staying up following their victory over Sunderland last weekend. However, they travel to Chelsea on Sunday knowing if results go against them they could yet find themselves relegated.

    Reports in the tabloids suggest members of the Trotters' squad have been letting their hair down all week, but Sir Alex's remains hopeful they will put up a brave fight at Stamford Bridge and he is hoping his former assistant Archie Knox, now the No.2 at the Reebok, will have an influence on proceedings.

    "Well, I think that [questioning Wigan's integrity] has been generated by all of you wonderful people in the press," declared the boss. "Nobody's questioned Bolton, not even mentioned Bolton.

    "It's interesting with the different attitudes because you've all got Wigan players saying they want to beat Manchester United. Fine, I've no problem with that. We're a big club.

    "But you hear about Bolton players out celebrating all week. That amazes me, that change in attitude. Both teams are safe, both teams are relaxed but one can celebrate and one is all keyed up to play against Manchester United?

    "The only thing I think about Bolton what gives me confidence in them is the manager and the assistant manager. I had Archie Knox for many years at Aberdeen and United and I wish he was playing actually!

    "He will not enjoy having his players out celebrating and neither will Gary Megson when it's an important game for the game."

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    90 seconds with: Denis Irwin

    Denis Irwin lived through the agony and ecstacy of United's previous three final day decider's in the Premier League. He was successful twice, and now he's backing the Reds to clinch victory over his old team-mate Steve Bruce...

    You’ve been involved in some last day dramas, what’s it like?
    It’s nerve-racking when it goes right to the wire. Everyone remembers the draw against West Ham in '95 where we ended up missing out on the title. It’s slightly different this year because, back then, it wasn’t in our own hands. But when we heard that Blackburn had lost, a draw for us was soul-destroying.

    But United have had success in final day deciders…
    Yes, we’ve gone to Middlesbrough and won it on the last day in 1996 and beat Spurs to clinch the title in the Treble-winning season in 1999. You’re always happier at home in your own environment. It makes it harder that we’re away this time at Wigan, but we’re more than capable of winning the match.

    What would winning the title do for United’s chances in the Champions League?
    It would certainly help. I hate to say this, but we’ve been in a winning position for quite a while, so if we don’t win the title it could have a negative effect. If Chelsea win, they’ve kind of come from nowhere. But we’d have taken this situation at the start of the season, now you just want to finish the job.

    Do United deserve to win the title?
    I believe the best team finishes first. We’ve played some cracking football this year, some top class stuff. I think most neutrals would say we deserve it, but until we win it we can’t claim to be the best team in the league. That’s why we have to go to Wigan and finish the job.

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    Sir Alex: I trust my team to do it

    Sir Alex Ferguson believes faith will be the most important factor on Sunday - faith in his players to deliver United's tenth Barclays Premier League title.

    The boss has been bemused by what some might call "mind games" with talk of Wigan players being wound up to play United while Bolton have been winding down ahead of their trip to Chelsea. But Sir Alex insists none of that really matters - all that counts now is that his players don't let themselves down after a season of "fantastic football."

    "It doesn't matter what the Wigan players are saying or what the Chelsea players are saying. If we win our game, that's it," said Sir Alex at his pre-match press conference.

    "You hope you get the breaks, you hope this, you hope that and you hope the next thing. You could wish for too many things. The important thing is to have trust in your players.

    "I trust my players and I will let them get on with it.

    "Their form this year has been terrific, they’ve played some fantastic football. They’ve excelled, they’ve done everything I could possibly ask from a squad."

    When asked to pick out his turning points or campaign highlights, Sir Alex said, "There's no point looking back at games we've won or games we've lost, we are where we are."

    Like his players, the manager is clearly in too positive a mood to have any regrets about the season so far or about decisions that could have spared United the necessity to match or
    better Chelsea's result on Sunday. He took the opportunity to reiterate:

    "Picking my team at Chelsea was based on the fact I wanted my team to get to the European Cup final. I think my players and this club deserves that chance. I was sitting there (before Chelsea) with three league games left and a semi-final second leg to play. Now we’re in the final and we’ve got one league game left.

    "It will be a nailbiting Sunday for the fans, for the television viewers, but we’re in the right position. If we win our game, we win the league so it’s a great incentive for us.

    "We go into the game with a great chance. We have a good form team with good players. We will also have a fantastic support on Sunday and that’s a big plus for us."

    Sir Alex dismissed the notion that United's supporters could have an adverse effect by knowing the score at Stamford Bridge and transmitting their tension to the pitch.

    “Fans are going to know what’s going on (at Chelsea) because they’ve got radios, they’ve got mobile phones. It’s normal.

    "When we played Middlesbrough (in 1996) and Tottenham (1999), that was the situation too. And when we lost the league to Blackburn (1995), in the last game of season also, we knew exactly what the score was at Liverpool. So everyone’s aware but I don’t think that matters as much as concentrating on your own game.”

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    Sunday 11 may 2200hrs Singapore time!



    Follow by 10days later in Moscow!!!



    Ok let the count down to our GLORY DOUBLE begin!!!



    GLORY GLORY MAN U GLORY GLORY GLORY MAN U!!!



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    7.5 more hours to go!!!

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    The moment of truth....

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    This is it!! Don`t screw up PLS!! Come on man utd!!!

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    3-0 to man u! gogogo
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    we are so lucky not to get a penalty against us...
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    One hand on the title!! Almost there!!!

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    9 more minutes
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    Hooooorrrrraaaaayyyyyyyy WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS.
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    chammpionn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!

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    the best part is we're the champions

    we walked out carving a tight 2-0 will

    we kept a good clean sheet ON THE LAST DAY OF THE TITLE DECIDER....

    and chelsea has to disappoint us by drawing....

    LOL!

    the best would have 2-0 and 1-0

    then some Grunt fella can go grunt all he likes ... but well, i suppose, that shows y we are the defending EPL champions!

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    92min draw!!! wad to say? ch$l no luck

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    MOSCOW here we comeeee

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    ALL THE $$$ IN THE WORLD!

    can only but bring a draw....

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    Quote Originally Posted by junniee View Post
    MOSCOW here we comeeee


    its time for the players to have a quickie celebration and then its back to the drawing board for serious hedging of plans...

    we should hit the final nail on the chel$ki coffin and banish them from the champions league


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