Belfast Telegraph

Can Leicester's title-chasers match the class of '98 and win at Old Trafford?

Victory for Leicester away to Manchester United on Sunday will secure their first ever top-flight title and complete a remarkable and hugely unlikely success story.

History is against them though - it is more than 18 years since the Foxes last won at Old Trafford.

Here Press Association Sport looks back to the clash on January 31, 1998.


The Leicester team included a young Emile Heskey leading the line with the likes of American goalkeeper Kasey Keller, Scotland defender Matt Elliott and Northern Ireland's Neil Lennon creating a strong spine for the midlands team under the management of Martin O'Neill.

Ten of the Manchester United players that featured in this defeat went on to have some part in the famous 1999 Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich less than 18 months later which completed the treble.


It did not go well for the hosts as early substitute Henning Berg was at fault for the only goal of the match as he misjudged a long ball by Garry Parker that was tucked away by Tony Cottee for his first Leicester goal of the season after 30 minutes. Andy Cole, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham squandered golden opportunities as the visitors held on to a shock 1-0 win.


Leicester finished in a solid 10th position in the final league table. United finished second behind Arsenal, who also won the FA Cup.

Leicester's all-time record against United at Old Trafford 1894:

P 60 W 6 D 13 L 41


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A house costing £79,198 in January 1998 is now valued at £250,000.


No minimum wage was in force until April 1999, today over 25s have to be on the minimum of £7.20 per hour (National Living Wage).


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