I’m from an era when doing the League and FA Cup double was considered virtually impossible. Spurs did it for the first time in 70 years in 1961 and Arsenal did it again in 1971. By the time Liverpool did it in 1986 I was 17 and hardly anyone had won more than two trophies (if you count Europe) for a century. Unfortunately we have phrases like ‘double double’ and ‘treble double’ now so ‘treble treble’ is on the cards.
Liverpool ended 2001 with five trophies if you include the Community Shield and European Super Cup but even if Manchester United don’t win anything else you’d have to say this was best season ever by an English club. They have three in the bag, another all but sown up plus eminently winnable quarter-final and semi-final ties to come.
I can actually see them doing it now as they are well ahead in the league and as I’ve said have relatively easy paths to the finals of the Champions League and FA Cup but there are a few scenarios for non-Mancs to cling to.
Here are my (dream) predictions for the remainder of the season…
In a 10th anniversary rematch of the 1999 final, Manchester United will lose to two late goals in injury time against Bayern Munich in the Champion’s League.
Arsenal to avenge their FA Cup semi-final defeat a decade ago when Bergkamp missed a last minute penalty to this time beat United in extra-time thanks to a mazy dribbled goal by Mikel Silvestre.
Liverpool will prevent United matching their 18 league titles by winning their 19th on goal difference on the last day of the season. In their final match United conceed a last minute penalty to Hull after former Man City player, Geovanni, takes a dive in the box. The penalty is converted by former Liverpool star, Nick Barmby to secure 1-0 win.
Oh, and Man City to win the UEFA Cup too.