Manchester United players would “get a slap” if they mentioned the treble during their historic season.
The Red Devils’ 1998/99 campaign, which ended with Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League glory, is the greatest ever by an English football club.
While rivals Man City won the domestic treble in the 2018/19 season, it doesn’t come close to the achievement of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
United players would have been forgiven for getting excited about the prospect as season neared its conclusion.
But Teddy Sheringham has revealed he and the rest of the squad daren’t do that for fear of the response they’d get.
During an interview with Genting Casino, the former striker was asked if captain Roy Keane would calm them down if they got over-excited.
He replied: “I think actually, the manager was always like that, very straight-laced, very Scottish.
“He’d say, ‘What you getting excited for?’.
“We had a captain that was very serious at that time, he didn’t have to say it, he might just look at you.
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“Someone in the team could mentioned it after they’d scored a goal or when we we’re winning in the league, ‘Oh, the treble’.
“‘Don’t even say it. What you talking about it for?’ You’d get a slap.
“It was just a vibe around the place that was like, ‘What you getting excited for? You ain’t done anything, you won one, what you talking about three for?’.
“We’ve still got a month of the season, things can go very pear shaped’.
“I think it was great that we had that, we had those people leading us that kept our feet on the ground.”
Of course, it worked out well for United, with Sheringham bagging the equaliser and an assist for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winner in the dramatic Champions League final.
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