Book Review: Three Games in May by Rob Carless

About the Book


Three Games in May takes us all the way back to Manchester United’s final three matches of the 1998/99 season. Prior to these games, United had won nothing that year. However, what unfolded over those 11 days at the end of May would see them complete THE most unique of trebles, and it all came down to the final few seconds of the Champions League Final at the Camp Nou. Drama at its finest!


By chronicling the twenty-year period of 1989 to 2009, including anecdotes from the players, fans, and journalists who witnessed the historic events first-hand. Three Games in May provides a unique perspective on the events leading up to those fateful three games, as well as the three great dynasties that Sir Alex Ferguson built at Old Trafford; a period that began with United’s greatest-ever manager facing the sack!




Rob Carless perfectly captures the drama of May 1999 for Manchester United as a football club. The foreword of the book is written by former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce who gives an insight into life at the club before the 1999 season. Then, the book takes you on a journey throughout the most successful season in Manchester United’s history. 


There is a good balance of insight and anecdotes from players, fans, and journalists who follow Manchester United closely which adds to the depth of the book. I would recommend this book to any Manchester United fan or a neutral who wants to delve into a historic moment in English football history.


By: Callum McFadden / @Callum7McFadden

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