Daniel Harris’ excellent new book The Promised Land: Manchester United’s Historic Treble follows the Reds on a journey through a wonderful season. Combining match reports, insider anecdotes and a supporters’ perspective, Harris awakens not only memories of the campaign’s most dramatic moments, but those long forgotten almost 15 years hence. Premier League victory, an FA Cup final and that last-gasp Champions League win in Barcelona – glorious memories on every page.
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In 1998-99, Manchester United won the Premier League, the FA Cup and Champions League – the only team to accomplish such a feat in fifty-five years of trying. Whether that makes it the finest of all time is open to debate, but what is not is the status of the season: it is, simply and incontrovertibly, the finest ever enjoyed by an English team. And yet it’s not the success that’s truly extraordinary, but the glory. The season featured astounding football, exceptional competition, staggering determination, ceaseless dramatic tension and astonishing plot twists, performed by a cast of fascinating, iconic characters. It encompassed the entire gamut of joy and narrative that makes football, sport and life so compelling. ‘The Promised Land’ relives those breathless moments on a month-by-month basis, delving into the training ground, the dressing room, into the minds of the players, management and coaches, and out onto the pitch with what was a special team, and the last of its type. Comprised of homegrown players with a smattering of northern Europeans, it was the last to truly represent and connect with its support.