In 1998 the Premier League had just finished its sixth season. Michael Owen had burst onto the scene, Alan Shearer missed more than half of the season through injury and Arsenal became the third team to win the Premier League title, as well as the first team to win the domestic double (since the PLs inception).


All of these factors impacted the PFA Team of the Season significantly, so let's take a stroll down memory lane and take a look at it. 


GK - Nigel Martyn (Leeds)

Nigel Martyn of Leeds United

After a disappointing 11th place finish in 1996/97, the 1997/98 season saw Leeds improve significantly, finishing fifth and qualifying for Europe.


A large part of this was down to Nigel Martyn who, in his second season at Elland Road, played in all but one league game for the Whites.


RB - Gary Neville (Manchester United)

Gary Neville

Although Man Utd didn't manage to retain their league title in the 1997/98 season, it was still a pretty strong one for Neville. The right-back played in 34 of the Red Devil's league games - a number he would only ever reach once more in his career.


United had the best defence in the league in the 1997/98 season and Neville was a major reason why.


CB - Gary Pallister (Manchester United)

Gary Pallister

Alongside Neville, Pallister was instrumental in United having the best defence in the league during the 1997/98 season.


Pallister featured in 33 of United's league games in what would prove to be his final season in Manchester.


CB - Colin Hendry (Blackburn Rovers)

Colin Hendry

After finishing 13th the previous year, Blackburn Rovers improved significantly and finished sixth in the 1997/98 season.


A large part of this was down to Colin Hendry. In the Scotsman's final season at Ewood Park, he was ever-present at the back for Rovers.


LB - Graeme Le Saux (Chelsea) 

Matt Le Tissier and Graeme Le Saux

After a four and a half year stint in Lancashire, Graeme Le Saux returned to Chelsea in the 1997/98 season and immediately helped improve the Blues' defence.


MF - David Beckham (Manchester United)

David Beckham of Manchester United (left) is challenged by Oylind Leonhardsen of Wimbledon

Featuring in his second of four straight team of the years, David Beckham had one of his finest individual seasons at Old Trafford in the 1997/98 season.


Becks lead the league in assists and enjoyed one of his best goal-scoring seasons in Manchester.


MF - Nicky Butt (Manchester United)

Justin Edinburgh,Nicky Butt

Featuring in 33 of Manchester United's league games in the 1997/98 season, Nicky Butt was pivotal in the success United enjoyed throughout the late 90s and, despite not retaining their Premier League crowd, this season was no different.


Whether in a defensive midfield role or a little further up the field, Butt consistently did the job he was asked to the very best of his ability.


MF - David Batty (Newcastle United)

David Batty

Known for his incredible work rate and unselfish play, Batty was a fan favourite during his brief stint at Newcastle.


In his last full season at St. James' Park, Batty was a firm fixture in the middle of the park for the Magpies.


MF - Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)

Ryan Giggs

The last of four Manchester United players to make the team of the year, Giggs was incredible for Man Utd during the 1997/98 season. 


Despite only playing in 29 league games for the Red Devils, Giggs still made it into the team of the year, which tells you all you need to know about just how good he was in those 29 games. 


FW - Michael Owen (Liverpool)

Michael Owen

The 1997/98 season was the season Michael Owen announced himself to the world.


Bursting onto the scene at just 17 years of age, Owen played in all but two league games for Liverpool and, armed with his blistering pace, finished joint top scorer with 18 league goals.


FW - Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)

Dennis Bergkamp

Surprisingly the only inclusion from the champions Arsenal, Dennis Bergkamp was on fire during the 1997/98 season. 


In undoubtedly his best season as a Gunner, Bergkamp found the back of the net 16 times and wracked up an impressive 11 assists, leading Arsenal to their very first Premier League title.