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October 1998

The month of October was certainly a fruitful one for Manchester United as they embarked on a fine run of five wins in six matches and remained unbeaten throughout.


The wonderful run was directly a consequence of manager Sir Alex Ferguson partnering Andy Cole with Dwight Yorke upfront after using Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær alongside the club record signing during the first two months of the campaign.


The partnership of Cole and Yorke proved to be devastating as United scored a whopping 21 goals in just six matches, where the Premier League giants simply blitzed past their opponents.


Emphatic victories over Southampton, Wimbledon and Everton handed the Red Devils momentum in the league and a 6-2 thumping of Brondby in the Champions League meant that Sir Alex’s men claimed their first three points in the competition.


3/10/1998
Southampton 0 – 3 Manchester United
Venue – The Dell

United were not favourites heading into the game against Southampton as the Red Devils had just returned from an energy sapping fixture against Bayern Munich a few days back, allied by the fact that they did not enjoy the best of records at the Dell.


However, the match proved to be a much more straight forward stroll than expected for United as goals from Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Jordi Cryuff handed Sir Alex’s men a comfortable victory.


The partnership between Yorke and Cole was particularly pleasing for the United fans as the duo simply wreaked havoc on the Southampton backline.


17/10/1998
Manchester United 5-1 Wimbledon
Venue – Old Trafford

After a two week break, United displayed no signs of sluggishness and continued from their fine win over Southampton last time out with a 5-1 thumping of Wimbledon at Old Trafford.


Andy Cole opened the scoring with a neat finish to hand United the lead but they were soon pegged back after Jason Euell fortunately found the net with a deflected effort.


However, on the stroke of half-time, Ryan Giggs restored the Red Devil’s lead before Sir Alex’s men simply tore apart Joe Kinnear’s side through fine goals from David Beckham, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole to seal a fine win.


21/10/1998
Brondby 2-6 Manchester United
Venue – Brondby Stadion

Continuing on from their fine rich vein of form in front of goal, Manchester United romped past Brondby in the Champions League to claim their first victory in the competition after two stalemates against Barcelona and Bayern Munich previously.


With Brondby having seen off Bayern in their last home game, United knew they could not afford to be complacent and an early goal from Ryan Giggs certainly helped matters.


Sir Alex’s side then raced to a three goal lead through another one from Giggs and a fine finish from Andy Cole but their Danish opponents were given hope after Denmark star Peter Schmeichel made a hash of Kim Daugaard’s free kick.


However, soon after the interval United soon restored their three goal advantage through captain Roy Keane before Dwight Yorke and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sealed an emphatic victory for the Red Devils.


24/10/1998
Derby County 1-1 Manchester United
Venue – Pride Park

On such a great run of form, Manchester United were expected to ease past Derby County as well. However, it was not meant to be as Derby put in a fine team display to limit United and even were on the verge of claiming a famous win after Deon Burton had put the Rams in front in the 75th minute.


With only four minutes of the game to go, Jordi Cruyff popped up with a scruffy equalizer for United and a point seemed the fair result for both sides at the end.


28/10/1998
Manchester United 2- 0 Bury
Venue - Old Trafford (League Cup)

Sir Alex Ferguson decided to rest most of his key players for Bury’s visit to Old Trafford in the League Cup and it was evident that the Red Devils were not at their best.


After a goalless ninety minutes, United finally grabbed the opener through Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the second half of extra time before Erik Nevland sealed the victory in the 115th minute, tapping home from close range after Wes Brown’s fine cross.


31/10/1998
Everton 1 - 4 Manchester United
Venue – Goodison Park

Manchester United ended the month in the manner they started - simply ripping the opposition defence to shreds as they claimed another convincing victory over Everton at Goodison Park.


Dwight Yorke opened the scoring early on in the first half before Craig Short inadvertently guided the ball past his own net to hand United a two goal lead within the first 25 minutes.


An emphatic header from Duncan Ferguson provided Everton hope heading into half-time but United quickly asserted themselves soon after the interval through goals from Andy Cole and Jesper Blomqvist – his first and only strike for United, which meant that the Red Devils finished October hot on the heels of leaders Aston Villa.


Star Performer of the Month:
Andy Cole

Much of United’s fine form in front of goal during the month of October was down to Andy Cole’s introduction into the team to partner Dwight Yorke.


The Englishman certainly got the best out of Yorke and in the process grabbed some crucial goals along the way as well.


Cole finished the month with five goals in all competitions and those goals largely contributed to United gathering momentum in the title race following a sluggish start to the season.


League Table

Pos

Team

Pld

Pts

GD

1st

Aston Villa

10

22

+8

2nd

Manchester United

10

21

+14

3rd

Arsenal

11

20

+8

4th

Liverpool

11

16

+6

5th

Middlesbrough

10

16

+5

Results - October 1998

Date

Comp

Opp

Venue

Score

3rd

Premier
League

South-
ampton

A

3-0

17th

Premier
League

Wimbledon

H

5-1

21st

Champions
League

Brondby

A

6-2

24th

Premier
League

Derby
County

A

1-1

28th

League
Cup

Bury

H

2-0

31st

Premier
League

Everton

A

4-1