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‘When we came off afterwards, we knew we had them’

It may not feel like it, but two decades have passed since Marc Overmars scored the goal to set us on course for the 1997/98 Premier League title.

This week marks exactly 20 years since that historic day at Old Trafford, when we went from unlikely challengers to Manchester United’s throne, to being on the verge of something special.
 
We would go on to win the next eight games during an unprecedented run of form on our way to the title, playing some beautiful football in the process, but Lee Dixon says it was that afternoon in Manchester which will always live long in his memory.
 
“We were so far behind at the time, probably about 12 points behind them, and I think that fixture was the start of a run that we could have possibly gone on,” he told Arsenal Player.
 
“We had three games in hand, so it was imperative for us to win. If we’d have drawn, then they’d have more than likely won the league. That was a big statement that we made that day, and we played really well that day.
 
“We dominated, they looked fearful and just wanted a draw. Marc’s goal was brilliant, with the little flick on from Anelka, before he goes through and scores.
 
“When we came off the pitch, we looked around in the dressing room and thought, ‘We’ve got them here’ because they looked really nervous. We still had a lot to do, but we went on that run of 10 or 11 games on the trot.”

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