Manchester United's treble bid receives huge boost
Manchester United are looking to replicate their treble winning success of 1999
There has been talk of Manchester United achieving another historic treble this season, with comparisons drawn between United's current front four and the striking quartert of 1999.
The Red Devil's have been sublime so far this season, with one man stealing the show - Robin van Persie.
The Dutch international has helped fire United 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, sent them through to the quarter-final of the FA Cup and booked their place in the last-16 of the Champions League.
I feel United are really going for the FA Cup this season and am confident they'll have enough to get past Chelsea in the quarter-finals, should they make it.
The league is more or less wrapped up, so long as United don't get complacent and let their league form slip like last season. So does United's treble bid have merit?
It remains to be seen, but I think the key game that will see it take shape is the Champions League second leg against Madrid. If United can overcome Jose Mourinho's side at Old Trafford, I think everyone will have to stop and take note.
A United win would secure them a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. If you coupled this with the potential early exit of Barcelona, United would be among the favourites along with Bayern Munich.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side have been outclassed by Barcelona in two Champions League finals and I fear they have no answers to the juggernaut that is the Catalan giants - they are their kryptonite.
Barca's exit would be a significant boost to United in their treble bid should they progress. You wouldn't bet against Milan scoring an away goal in the Camp Nou, which would leave Tito Vilanova's side with a huge mountain to climb.
If Barcelona are eliminated, you would have to fancy United to win the Champions League. It's all 'ifs' and 'buts' at the moment, but one thing that can be guaranteed is that football fans are in for a real treat in the final part of the season.
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