Ryan Giggs has reflected on the 1998-1999 season, when Manchester United became the first English team to win the Treble. Giggs scored in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal and obviously played in the European Cup final at the Nou Camp, but other than those moments, he reveals the highlight of that year was seeing the fans on Deansgate when the team returned with the trophies.
My favourite moment from that season was probably turning down Deansgate in the centre of Manchester on the open-top bus and literally seeing maybe a million people in the streets. I think that’s when it hit home what we’d achieved. It was great to win the league, the FA Cup and then have the drama of the Nou Camp, but to actually share it with the people of Manchester and people who’d come from all over the world to see us come home was incredible. I think the majority of the players were in awe of what they were seeing – you couldn’t see the pavements or the buildings and fans were climbing up lampposts just to get a glimpse of the team. It’s a moment I’ll never forget.
Giggs has claimed that what made the season so special was the belief the players had they would always score, no matter how many minutes were left to play.
I think it was a combination of many things. The late goals were a massive part of that season – never giving up when it looked like we’d lost and coming back, and of course in the last game of the season [at the Nou Camp] we scored two goals in injury time. That was nothing new for that season – we scored so many late goals and never knew when to give up.
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