Date: 30th March 2011 at 5:00pm
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In 1999 at this point of the season the city of Manchester was buzzing knowing the fact  that this was arguably our strongest team since 68 (many would disagree and my good friend would strongly champion the 93/94 squad) we were fighting on all three fronts, the league, FA cup, and the European cup.

The expectations were rife amongst the red community whilst City were trying to climb out of the third division.  This point 12 years ago we were due to play Arsenal in the semi, Inter Milan in the European cup and Arsenal were on our tales in the league yet we were all fantasising about the treble! This year we are top of the league, have an FA Cup semi clash with the Bitters and Chelsea in the q/f of the champions league yet I have not discussed the treble with a single person. I have not so much heard a murmer in the ground or on the train to an away day and yet we could win all three.

The league is ours to lose no doubt about that, we have a huge derby in London and if we reach the final and you would fancy your chances. The European cup draw has opened up for us to reach the final avoiding Barca and Real.

Why does no one mention the treble?

I don’t simply because we don’t seem to have the spark of 68, 99, or 2008 in which I feel we have lost that air of invincibility yet we are unbeaten at home and only lost three league games all season. SAF is rumoured to have said this would be his biggest achievement to win the league with his current squad in which we have seen many players come to the forefront such as Hernandez being a breath of fresh air,  Nani fulfilling his potential, Rafael proving there is life after Gary Neville and the meteoric rise of Chris Smalling. Personally these are my highlights of a season in which we are doing so well yet without the same excitement as 99 and 08.

Do I think we win all three? I would have said no before the q/f draw but I think we should win the league, we are in the semi of the FA cup which being a derby aside most reds will say we will win (albeit a very tough game) and then two winnable draws in the Champions league!

So why do I think we will win anything given that we have struggled away from home all season and failed to hit the heights of previous winning seasons? Well I will say this we have become a very functional team grinding out results when needed and we are a team that know how to win unlike Arsenal’s self destruct characteristic. We have been devastated by injuries yet we are still leading the pack domestically and the return of key personnel is coming at the right time. Valencia back in the team is a huge advantage which Rooney will benefit from given Tony V’s ability to beat a man and deliver a cross. Park has come back and has proven over the years that he is a man that can be counted on in big games and then we have Rio who will add that stability even though Smalling has proved many doubters wrong.  Again I am not saying we should be winning all three due to the quality of our team, but I am saying it is definitely on whether people believe or not!

I am not an optimist but my glass is never half empty and this could be the strangest season I have ever known!


7 responses to “Just don’t mention the treble”

  1. hatrungttha says:

    You’ve just mentioned it :D.
    Totally agree, it would be a miracle :(.

  2. kelred says:

    i just think no-one mentions it because of the magnitude of the games. Domestically we should be beating city in the f.a cup. in the premier league everyone had us down as having the hardest run-in, however with the anfield and Stanford bridge games behind us i think we are looking good. out of the remaining 9 games , Arsenal have 5 away games including trips to white hart lane, the britannia, the reebok and a team in the grips of a relegation struggle, blackpool. their home games aren’t no brainers either with united and liverpool going to the emirates. as far as i’m concerned arsenal are out of the picture and we have to beat Chelsea at home to take the league. i would have taken that at the start of the season. as for the European cup we know that for most teams it is a kind of lottery, but as much as i have criticized fergie’s gently gently approach and yearned for heart raising gung ho, heart on sleave performances like the 99 team, in my head i know fergie’s tactics raise our chances of beating anyone significantly. on that basis the t—ble is on but any shard of bad luck could blow it, say for example a hasty red card on a big european night. therefore the —– is on but ill just whisper it silently to myself for now.

  3. Giggs11Gerrard0 says:

    With the above I am not greedy and growing up chasing that elusive 18 target then 19 is dream land for me! If we beat Chelsea at the bridge though then I do fancy Wembley. It sounds conceited that we can even discuss all three and even state as fans what we would rather have but hey we are Man United and we do what we like!

  4. Giggs11Gerrard0 says:

    Should read do what we want above!

  5. smartalex says:

    Someone mentioned the Treble to Sir Alex!

    “We must have a chance (for the Treble), a very difficult one. More difficult than it’s ever been. We’ll just try to do our best,” said Ferguson.
    “I always feel anyway that, going away from the greed of achieving three trophies, if you’re winning one major title a year then you have to be happy with that.

    “If it turned out we only won one of those big trophies, I’d be delighted with that.”

  6. Giggs11Gerrard0 says:

    Indeed Smartalex it will be difficult, i would be disapointed if our only trophy would to be the FA cup. I will settle for the league and beat city in the semi which means more than the final itself 🙂

  7. Reece says:

    I think the team lacks that spark from previous years thus the treble isn’t being talked up. There are tems that are stronger (Barca) thus you hear talk of avoiding them rather than bring it on we’ll take on all comers