Manchester United News: Can The Red Devils Win The Treble This Season?

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Of all the English clubs, Manchester United are the sole side to have won the historic treble, during the 1999-00 season. 

However, after a blistering first-half to the season and currently in contention for all of the three competition required to achieve the treble (Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League), many football pundits have started to talk about the possibility of the Red Devils rewriting the history books. 

Thus, what follows is analysis of whether United can win the treble this term or not. 

Premier League

United currently sit at the top of the Premier League table with a four-point advantage (that could extent up to seven if they defeat Southampton on Wednesday night) over arch-rival Manchester City. 

Having already played all the 'Top Six' clubs, apart from Arsenal, away from home and some even back-forth, United are in a commanding position to win back to Premier League title.

With 13 games left, even if United do get troubled by some fitness issues to key players, I expect Ferguson's troops to go all the way this time as long as their attack-force keeps on producing the goods at the required rate.

Their closest competitor, Roberto Mancini's City, have looked far from impressive this campaign and the stalemate against QPR on Tuesday night could have been the final nail in the coffin for the the Citizens' title challenge.

FA Cup  

After thrashing Fulham 4-1 last weekend, United play Reading in the pre-quarterfinals of the FA Cup. 

Although one can easily expect them to sail past their fellow Premier League compatriots, the real task will begin from the quarterfinals. 

Everton, Manchester City and Arsenal, all have 'winnable' fixtures ahead of them in the 5th round and in my opinion Chelsea too shouldn't have many issues in defeating Brentford at home, after the opening leg of the 4th round tie ended in a draw.

Hence, even though it's impossible to predict the results or the draw, United could face up to three of the mentioned teams on their way to Cup glory. 

Nonetheless, I still feel the red half of Manchester can conquest the FA Cup, with a little luck with the draws. Yes, United have often stuttered in this particular tournament over the past many years now, but this season, Fergie has given it much more importance. 

City will again be the key opponents and if we can rather avoid them until at-least the final, the domestic double is well within sights. 

Champions League

In the Round-of-16 of the highly-coveted Champions League, United face Spanish giants Real Madrid. 

Despite Los Blancos' mediocre season till now, it's an open fact that they are aggressively gunning for European glory and Ferguson's men will surely have a hard time dealing with Cristiano Ronaldo and co. 

In my opinion, United are capable of passing the Madrid test, but from thereafter it will be a very tough road. 

Frankly, the club's defence and midfield don't look adequate enough to mitigate the threats of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund and if there is one competition United are most likely to get knocked out sooner than expected, it's the Champions League.