Manchester Metropolis bid for a trophy treble in Saturday’s Champions League remaining in opposition to Inter Milan.
Having seen off Manchester United at Wembley so as to add the FA Cup to their Premier League title, Metropolis can match the feat beforehand solely achieved in English soccer by their cross-city rivals.
Right here, the PA information company seems to be at how this season’s Metropolis facet compares to United’s celebrated 1998-99 group.
United misplaced solely three video games of their treble-winning season however a outstanding 21 attracts in 57 video games throughout the three competitions in query sees Metropolis overshadow them in most different statistical classes.
Excluding the League Cup from each groups’ information and with their 57th and remaining recreation nonetheless to play, Pep Guardiola’s facet have 41 wins (73.2 per cent) to United’s 33 (57.9 per cent), 144 targets to 121 and 25 clear sheets to twenty.
They’ve conceded solely 39 targets to their predecessors’ 56, scoring a median of two.57 per recreation and conceding 0.70 in comparison with 2.12 in opposition to 0.98 for United.
Metropolis have additionally scored 4 targets or extra on 16 events, 28.6 per cent of their matches and twice as many as that United facet – they usually have an unsurprising benefit when the 2 groups’ prime scorers are in contrast…
Erling Haaland’s extraordinary 51-goal contribution to Metropolis’s potential treble had no equal in a United squad that shared the burden way more equally.
Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole shaped a potent entrance two, Yorke edging his strike associate by 18 league targets to 17 and by 29 to 24 in all competitions.
Tremendous-sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored 12 league targets regardless of beginning solely 9 video games and 15 within the three competitions with simply 14 begins alongside 20 appearances from the bench. Teddy Sheringham was much more sparingly used, however his 4 targets included the important equaliser in Barcelona earlier than Solskjaer’s even-later winner.
Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs additionally hit double figures, with David Beckham on 9.
Haaland gained this 12 months’s Premier League Golden Boot with a file 36 targets and can obtain the identical honour within the Champions League. His 12 targets – together with 5 in a recreation in opposition to RB Leipzig – have him 4 away from the pack and no different finalist has greater than 4.
He has been backed up by fellow summer season signing Julian Alvarez with 15 targets within the league, FA Cup and Champions League, the identical as Phil Foden, plus 13 from Riyad Mahrez and double figures too for cup remaining hero Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne.
Eight of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad featured in 50 or extra of the 57 video games that led to the treble – goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, defenders Gary Neville and Jaap Stam, midfield trio David Beckham, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, and Cole and Yorke up entrance.
Simply Rodri and Bernardo Silva can boast the identical determine for Metropolis this time period as Guardiola’s famed rotation coverage and squad depth reveals its value. Haaland and Gundogan have hit 50 in all competitions, as can Jack Grealish if he performs in Saturday’s remaining.