Ahead of this weekend’s legends game between Manchester United and Bayern Munich, in celebration of the 20 year anniversary of the 1999 Champions League final, Juan Mata has spoken to the official site about his memories of that night at the Nou Camp.
I was just 11 years old and I remember two things. Obviously the goals – Ole’s and Sheringham’s. But I also remember the Bayern Munich players lying on the floor devastated.
So I could feel the happiness on one side from this club, obviously, and the sadness of Bayern – they were devastated they had lost the game that they felt they had won.
They were touching the trophy with their hands and it escaped from them. I don’t know why I focused on that – seeing them very, very sad.
I thought life, like in football, can change in a few seconds. On that night, obviously it changed for the better for Manchester United winning the Treble, the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League – something that nobody has done since then.
I guess it was a trademark season for Manchester United and what this club embodies – which is winning, having good players, not giving up, believing, coming back, legendary games, legendary goals and legendary moments.
It all happened in one season – winning the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League in barely a few weeks altogether.
I imagine Manchester, the town, celebrating with the team, I imagine how happy everyone should have been at this club. It’s just emotions and happiness and something historic because no team was able to do it before them.