ON THIS DAY IN 1999: Manchester United secured Champions League glory on a memorable night in Barcelona and the XI have gone on to enjoy varying success as managers, taken on punditry roles and found themselves in hot water
They remain the only English side to win the treble following that famous night in Barcelona. Manchester United’s late late show capped a stunning comeback against Bayern Munich.
Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer both scored in stoppage time to deliver the Champions League to Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson masterminded their 1998-99 season, which remains the benchmark for many in English football. The Premier League was captured on the final day with an FA Cup final victory coming against Newcastle.
United’s starting XI in the Nou Camp for the European Cup included no Roy Keane or Paul Scholes – two linchpins of the team. The captain was absent through suspension, leaving David Beckham and Nicky Butt to occupy the engine room against a classy Bayern side, who dominated for much of the game.
German great Lothar Matthäus, who would never win the European Cup, commented after the game that “it was not the best team that won but the luckiest”.
The Red Devils XI have gone on to do varying activities post retirement and Mirror Football takes a look at their lives following that triumphant night.
The legendary Dane would leave United following the victory. He returned to England two years later with Aston Villa before crossing the divide and playing for Manchester City upon their return to the top flight. His son, Kasper, would win the Premier League title with Leicester City in 2016.
Supposedly an opinionated figure in the dressing room, since retiring Neville has become a leading voice in football, with his status on the rise.
He’s a leading pundit with Sky Sports and comments regularly on political issues. He’s also a co-owner with several of his former teammates at League Two side Salford City.
Still renowned as one of the best centre-halves in the Premier League era, the Dutchman, like many of those who worked under Ferguson, has gone into management. Stam has held several roles in his homeland, came within a whisker of guiding Reading to the top flight and is now working in the MLS.
One of the underrated stars of the triumphant United side, he would continue playing until 2008. Johnsen did his coaching badges and then worked for broadcaster TV2 whilst he also represents his former club in an ambassadorial role. He took charge at Norwegian side FK Eik Tønsberg back in 2020.
The Irish left-back left in 2002 to see out his career at Wolves. Since then he’s taken on media roles, both with MUTV and back in his homeland with broadcaster RTE. He retains a role with United as an ambassador.
Like Neville the Welshman is co-owner at Salford City. He remained at Old Trafford after his retirement, serving as caretaker after David Moyes’ sacking and then assistant to Louis van Gaal.
Giggs was named the Wales boss but stepped doing amid an ongoing police investigation.
The global superstar is another of the Class of 92 to be involved with Salford City. He left United and played for European giants Real Madrid, AC Milan and PSG. He also headed to California to play for the LA Galaxy and has since founded an MLS outfit, Inter Miami, where he is co-owner.
Yet another man to be making the decision at League Two Salford. The midfielder eventually left Old Trafford, playing for the likes of Newcastle and Birmingham City. Butt returned to Manchester in 2012 to coach the team’s reverse side. He also worked with the academy and the U23s.
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The winger remained in England with Everton and Charlton after he left Old Trafford. The Swede returned home, where he became a TV pundit. He was the victim of assault back in 2006 with the attacker later prosecuted.
The Trinidadian forward would eventually retire from football in 2008. Prior to that he’d been involved in a relationship with model Katie Price, fathering her son Harvey. Back in December 2018, Yorke avoided bankruptcy by paying a £1.5 million debt to HMRC.
Now known as Andrew, having been referred to as Andy throughout his playing career. His son, Devante, is a professional footballer with Barnsley. Cole has made sporadic media appearances to gives his insight. He has set up the Andy Cole Fund to raise money for Kidney Research UK, after suffering kidney failure in 2015.
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The man who notched the equaliser. Sheringham played on until he was into his 40s. The forward tried his hand at management, taking charge of Stevenage and Indian side ATK. He’s also been a major figure on the world poker scene. In 2020 he appeared on the first British series of The Masked Singer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
It’s hard not to know what the Norwegian has been doing in recent times, losing his job at Old Trafford in November last year after almost three years at the helm. He’s also spent times in his homeland with Molde but did suffer relegation with Cardiff City in 2014.
The club captain has tried his hand at management and is now one of Sky Sports’ go to pundits. He guided Sunderland to promotion but his last role in the dugout was over a decade ago. Now he’s become known for his bold opinions and his unique working relationship with Micah Richards.