Twenty years ago today, Manchester United completed the coveted Treble by beating Bayern Munich to clinch the Champions’ League trophy at Camp Nou in Barcelona. This afternoon many players from that 1998/99 squad reunited with FC Bayern Legends in an anniversary match, which offered further reason to celebrate by raising over £1.5m for Manchester United Foundation.
Current Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rolled back the years on the pitch by netting the opening goal in the fifth minute, followed by a spectacular volley from Dwight Yorke to take the Reds into a 2-0 lead at half-time.
The second half was rounded off with goals from Nicky Butt, Louis Saha and, in true United style, David Beckham put away a brilliant solo finish at the final whistle.
Solskjaer was pleased with the outcome of the day saying, "It’s unbelievable the support for Manchester United Foundation and we have to thank the fans for supporting us."
He continued, "I think everyone here on the pitch knows how much it means to play at Old Trafford in front of everyone at the Stretford End. This badge means so much more than just turning up; it’s a such a big part of our lives."
Sir Alex Ferguson stepped naturally back into his position in the dugout, assisted by Steve McClaren, Jim Ryan and Bryan Robson, as he once again managed his team to success against the German side.
"Twenty years on you recap the memory of that particular day; I think mainly what are the players like, how they progress in life and what they are doing now. Age catches everyone, but they’re all looking pretty good," Sir Alex said. "But the purpose of the game is Manchester United Foundation; they do fantastic work, they really do, particularly throughout Manchester,"
Today's team was made up of Class of ’92 stars David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes in the midfield, whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole reunited up front. Peter Schmeichel stepped back between the sticks, whilst Jaap Stam, Denis Irwin and the Neville brothers made up the defence. Raimond van der Gouw, Ronny Johnsen, Henning Berg, Wes Brown, David May, Jesper Blomqvist and Jonathan Greening complete the squad. The team was joined by regular Foundation supporters and fellow former Reds Louis Saha, Karel Poborsky and Mikael Silvestre.
The event was hosted by lifelong United fan Rachel Riley, whilst Russell Watson evoked memories of ‘99 by performing Nessun Dorma as children from Foundation projects opened proceedings on the pitch.
Over £1.5 million was raised by the event; an incredible amount which will make a huge difference to the work of Manchester United Foundation with young people across Greater Manchester.