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August 1998

After agonizingly missing out on the title, the 1998/99 season began with much optimism for Manchester United.


The painful experience of the previous campaign had made the United side determined than ever, while the signings of Dwight Yorke, Jaap Stam and Jesper Blomqvist was a clear signal of intent from Sir Alex Ferguson that he was looking to gun down Arsenal and claim the title this time around.


However, despite all the hype leading up to the campaign, United did not get off to the best of starts during the first month of their historic campaign after managing to claim only a single victory in five matches.


In the curtain raiser Charity Shield clash, the Red Devils put in a disappointing performance and were comprehensively beaten by rivals Arsenal.


While United did get back on track with a professional win against Polish side LKS Lodz in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, draws against Leicester City and West Ham United in the Premier League capped off a poor month for Sir Alex’s men.


9/8/1998
Arsenal 3 – 0 Manchester United
Venue – Wembley (Charity Shield)

Up against rivals Arsenal, Manchester United would have been desperate to claim a victory in the Charity Shield clash, especially considering that the Gunners narrowly pipped the Red Devils to the title in the previous season.


Unfortunately, it was not meant to be as strikes from Marc Overmars, Christopher Wreh and Nicolas Anelka condemned United to a disappointing defeat. The only positive from the game was that captain Roy Keane made his return to action after nine months out with a ligament injury.


12/8/1998
Manchester United 2 – 0 LKS Lodz
Venue – Old Trafford (Champions League qualifiers)

Following their disappointment in the Charity Shield, Manchester United quickly dusted themselves up and put in a professional display to see off Polish side LKS Lodz in the Champions League qualifiers.


Goals from Ryan Giggs and Andy Cole on either side of half-time ensured that the Red Devils would be taking a healthy lead back to Poland for the return leg.


15/8/1998
Manchester United 2 – 2 Leicester City
Venue – Old Trafford

Manchester United kicked off their Premier League campaign with an exciting draw at home to Leicester City, which probably set the tone for the Red Devils’ season that would follow.


Although United would have expected to win the game, they found themselves two down with only 10 minutes left to play after goals from Emile Heskey and Tony Cottee shocked the Old Trafford faithful.


However, United mustered up the courage and determination to launch a fightback that epitomized their campaign.


Teddy Sheringham somehow scored in the 79th minute to hand United a lifeline before David Beckham stepped up for his trademark free kick from 25 yards out and dipped the ball into the Leicester net with virtually the last kick of the game, bringing the house down at Old Trafford.


22/8/1998
West Ham United 0 – 0 Manchester United
Venue – Upton Park

The nail biting draw against Leicester City was followed by a truly unspectacular snooze fest against West Ham United.


There were very few chances for either side during the game and the match was marred by the Hammers fans’ hostile reception of England’s 1998 World Cup villain David Beckham, who was pelted with stones prior to kick off and jeered roundly at every touch during the game.


Club record signing Dwight Yorke made his debut for United in the game but it was a match which certainly does not live long in the memory of anyone.


26/8/1998
LKS Lodz 0 – 0 Manchester United
Venue – Stadion ŁKS

Rarely do Manchester United go through two consecutive scoreless draws but after their disappointing display against West Ham, the Red Devils failed to find the net once again against LKS Lodz.


However, the match was about the result more than anything the performance for United and the 0-0 draw meant that the Red Devils safely secured their passage into the group stages of the Champions League.


They did not know it then but Lodz also created a bit of history as the Polish side became the only side to prevent the eventual champions from scoring in Europe during the 1998/99 Champions League campaign.


Star Performer of the Month:
David Beckham

Although it was overall a disappointing month, the performances of David Beckham was a big plus for Manchester United.


The young man was under a lot of pressure after directly being pointed the finger at for England’s elimination from the 1998 World Cup and protests against him had reached disgusting levels.


Amid all the criticism, many felt that Beckham’s performances for Manchester United would suffer.


However, the then 23-year old handled himself wonderfully well; with his performances on the pitch the best answer to his fierce critics.


League Table

Pos

Team

Pld

Pts

GD

13th

Derby County

3

3

0

14th

Tottenham Hotspur

3

3

-4

15th

Manchester United

2

2

0

16th

Middlesbrough

3

2

-2

17th

Newcastle United

3

2

-3

Results - August 1998

Date

Comp

Opp

Venue

Score

9th

Charity
Shield

Arsenal

N

0-3

12th

Champions
League (Q)

LKS Lodz

H

2-0

15th

Premier
League

Leicester
City

H

2-2

22nd

Premier
League

West Ham

A

0-0

26th

Champions
League (Q)

LKS Lodz

A

0-0