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November 1998

November began with the shock news of long serving goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel announcing his intention to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.


Following eight years of sterling service, Schmeichel was an undoubted legend at United but had been accustomed to high profile errors during the 1998/99 campaign and although it was a surprise for many, his decision to leave Old Trafford was probably made at the right time.


In terms of results, November was another fruitful month as the United juggernaut rolled on and barring a loss to Sheffield Wednesday, the Red Devils looked in wonderful form.


4/11/1998

Manchester United 5 - 0 Brondby

Venue – Old Trafford

Manchester United began November in fine fashion as they claimed another thumping victory over Brondby in the Champions League.


David Beckham sent United on their way with a fine free kick early on before wonderful goals from Andy Cole, Phil Neville and Dwight Yorke handed the Red Devils a comfortable four goal lead heading into half-time.


The second half was not so much of a goal fest but Paul Scholes’ brilliant strike in the 62nd minute sealed another drubbing for United over the Danish side.


8/11/1998

Manchester United 0 - 0 Newcastle United

Venue – Old Trafford

After thumping Brondby, Manchester United surprisingly laboured to an uninspiring 0-0 draw against Newcastle United.


It had been the only time United failed to find the back of the net at Old Trafford in the whole of the 1998/99 campaign.


11/11/1998

Manchester United 2 - 1 Nottingham Forest

Venue – Old Trafford (League Cup)

Sir Alex Ferguson once again decided to rest many of his first team regulars in the League Cup clash against Nottingham Forest but would have certainly demanded better from his fringe players after seeing his side only edge past Bury in extra time during the previous round.


United put in a much better performance as two second half Ole Gunnar Solskjær strike sealed victory for the Red Devils, despite a fantastic Steve Stone strike ensuring a nervy ending.


14/11/1998

Manchester United 3 – 2 Blackburn Rovers

Venue – Old Trafford

Although the scoreline may suggest otherwise, Manchester United claimed a comfortable victory at home to Blackburn Rovers to get back on track in the Premier League.


Goals from Paul Scholes and Dwight Yorke handed United a comfortable lead heading into half-time before Scholes popped up once again to extend his side’s the advantage. Tim Sherwood then stupidly getting sent off meant that Blackburn had little chance to mount a comeback.


That being said, complacent defending by United meant that Roy Hodgson’s men grabbed two late goals and ensured another nervy ending to the game for the Old Trafford faithful.


21/11/1998

Sheffield Wednesday 3 – 1 Manchester United

Venue – Hillsborough Stadium

Manchester United suffered their first defeat in 13 matches after going down 3-1 to Sheffield Wednesday.


Niclas Alexandersson handed Sheffield Wednesday the lead after Peter Schemeichel made a hash of a long range shot and while Andy Cole restored parity on the half-hour mark, the hosts scored two goals in the second half through Wim Jonk and another one from Alexandersson to claim a fine victory.


The Red Devils were poor overall and could not have any complaints about the result.


25/11/1998

Barcelona 3 – 3 Manchester United

Venue – Nou Camp

Following the disappointment of the Sheffield Wednesday result, Manchester United had to shift focus to the Champions League and had a daunting prospect of facing Barcelona at the Nou Camp.


The match certainly lived up to the hype as the two sides played out another thrilling 3-3 draw. Sonny Anderson handed Barcelona the lead early on but a Dwight Yorke strike meant that the two teams went into half-time on level terms.


United shocked the Nou Camp faithful in the second half after a wonderful combination play from Yorke and Cole, allowed the latter to give Sir Alex’s men the lead. Rivaldo soon equalized for Barcelona though, from a deflected free-kick.


In a seesaw clash United once again took the lead through Yorke only to be pegged back once again by Rivaldo through a brilliant overhead kick. While Barcelona did have chances to score the fourth, Peter Schmeichel was in fine form to thwart the Catalan giants and much like the corresponding fixture between the two teams, the draw was probably the fair result.


29/11/1998

Manchester United 3 – 2 Leeds United

Venue – Old Trafford

United got back on track in the Premier League following another enthralling match in the space of four days against Leeds United, with a 3-2 win.


Things did not start well for the Red Devils though as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink put Leeds in front with a fine strike. The hosts responded in typical United style by equalizing on the stroke of half time through Ole Gunnar Solskjær before Roy Keane handed his side the lead soon after the interval.


Leeds hit back again as a mistake by Wes Brown allowed Harry Kewell the opportunity to equalize and the Australian star made no mistakes.


However, United once again took the lead through the most unlikely of sources as Nicky Butt scored a wonderful winner in the 78th minute to send the Old Trafford faithful into delirium.


Star Performer of the Month:
Dwight Yorke

Manchester United’s fine attacking prowess was on full display during the month of November and the man leading the charge for the Red Devils was Dwight Yorke.


The club record signing was in simply scintillating form throughout the month, scoring four goals and helping his side assert themselves in the English Premier League as well as the Champions League.



League Table

Pos

Team

Pld

Pts

GD

1st

Aston Villa

14

29

+10

2nd

Manchester United

14

28

+14

3rd

West Ham

15

26

+4

4th

Arsenal

15

25

+8

5th

Chelsea

13

24

+9

Results - November 1998

Date

Comp

Opp

Venue

Score

4th

Champions
League

Brondby

H

5-0

8th

Premier
League

Newcastle
United

H

0-0

11th

League
Cup

Nottm
Forest

H

2-1

14th

Premier
League

Blackburn
Rovers

H

3-2

21st

Premier
League

Sheffield
Weds

A

1-3

25th

Champions
League

Barcelona

A

3-3

29th

Premier
League

Leeds
United

H

3-2