FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
NBC SPORTS AND MANCHESTER UNITED PRESENT “THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” APRIL 28 ON NBCSN
The Two-Hour Movie Chronicling Manchester United’s 1998-99 Season Debuts Sunday, April 28 at 2:30 PM ET on NBCSN – Following Manchester United-Chelsea Match
“That Was the Most Special Time in My Career” – David Beckham
20th Anniversary of Manchester United’s “Treble” – Premier League, FA Cup & UEFA Champions League Titles – Won in May 1999
Film Features Interviews with Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson & Former Players Including David Beckham, Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Also Current Manager), Teddy Sheringham, Andrew Cole, and Dwight Yorke
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 2, 2019 – In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Manchester United’s historic 1998-99 season, NBC Sports on April 28 debuts “The Impossible Dream,” a look back at the club’s unprecedented run to the three most prestigious club trophies an English team can win — the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Champions League titles.
Manchester United clinched the three championships – known as the “treble” — in a thrilling stretch many fans recall as the “10 Days in May.”
The film opens with images from the festive parade through Manchester, as tens of thousands of fans gathered to fete the champions. “The Impossible Dream,” a two-hour movie co-produced with Manchester United, premieres Sunday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, following the Red Devils’ match against Chelsea. The movie will also stream on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and on MUTV globally. Fans can download & subscribe via the MUTV App to watch the movie on demand.
“This has been a very special collaboration with Manchester United to present the story of one of the most historic accomplishments in English football,” said Pierre Moossa, coordinating producer of NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage. “This film will provide viewers with an opportunity to appreciate an unprecedented achievement that transcends all sports.”
Manchester United’s CEO of Media, Phil Lynch said, “We are excited to work with NBC Sports to celebrate this iconic moment in Manchester United’s history and to tell this once-in-a-lifetime story to our passionate fans in the United States and around the world. NBC Sports have been great partners and their fantastic production capabilities have created an unmissable film.”
Among the season’s many highlights, “The Impossible Dream” chronicles:
- The club’s improbable 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, with a pair of dramatic stoppage-time goals to turn a one-goal deficit into a win.
- The Red Devils’ unlikely away victory over Juventus in the second leg of the Champions League Semi-Final.
- Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal in a “replay” of the FA Cup Semi-Final (the initial match was 0-0).
- Manchester United’s come-from-behind 2-1 win over Tottenham on the final day of the season, resulting in the club’s finish one point above Arsenal in the Premier League table.
Manchester United have announced that Sir Alex Ferguson and ’99 legends will take part in a Treble anniversary match against a Bayern Munich select XI at Old Trafford on 26th May 2019, exactly 20 years since the Treble-winning night in 1999. For more information please visit: www.manutd.com/treblereunion. All proceeds will go to Manchester United Foundation’s work with young people across Greater Manchester.
Manchester United granted NBC Sports access to their entire archive – which includes more than 125 hours of historic footage – to produce the film.
NBC Sports and Manchester United conducted dozens of interviews for the movie, which included former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and former Manchester United players David Beckham, Ole Gunnar Solskjær (also current manager), Teddy Sheringham, Andrew Cole, Dwight Yorke, Peter Schmeichel, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, and Wes Brown. Also interviewed for the film were former opponents Lee Dixon, Martin Keown, Graeme Le Saux, and Alan Shearer, as well as presenters and commentators Gary Lineker, Hayley McQueen, Rachel Riley, Clive Tyldesley, Martin Tyler, and Steve Bower.
Beckham, who played for Manchester United for 11 seasons (1992-2003) in a 21-year professional career, summed up the historic season simply. “That was the most special time in my career,” he said.
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