The 1999 Manchester United have to be high up there on any Bayern Munich fan’s most hated list.
But what happened to them?
Peter Schmeichel – The victory against Bayern Munich was his last game for Manchester United. After leaving us he spent two years in Portugal playing for Sporting, where he won the league, before moving back to England and playing for Aston Villa. After a season in the Midlands he returned to Manchester to play for City, before retiring at the end of the season, aged 40.
G Neville – Six years after this game, Neville was named club captain of United and still plays for the club.
Ronny Johnsen – Stayed at the club for another three seasons before joining Aston Villa. Two seasons later he joined Newcastle although only got a few games because of lacking fitness. He announced he retirement from football aged 36, before signing a year long deal with Valerenga in Norway. He ended staying there for three years before hanging up his boots.
Jaap Stam – Was sold two years after the European Cup win, which Sir Alex Ferguson has since conceded was a mistake, claiming £16.5m was too big an offer to turn down. He joined Lazio and in his three years there won the Coppa Italia. He then played for Milan for two seasons, where he won the Supercoppa Italiana. He then returned to Holland to play for Ajax as captain and won a further three trophies. He retired from football aged 35 and then almost immediately returned to Manchester United as a scout.
Denis Irwin – Continued at United for a further three years before joining Wolves, who were promoted to the Premiership at the end of his first season. He received a warm welcome from United fans when returning to Old Trafford, although announced his retirement at the end of that season, aged 38, when Wolves were relegated.
David Beckham – Real Madrid lured him away four years after the 99 Cup final for £25m. He spent three seasons there, although it wasn’t until his final year that they won the league. He then left for LA Galaxy to play at The Home Depot Center. Before even being unveiled, the club announced a record sale of 250,000 shirts. He has since spent two loan periods at AC Milan and recently played against United in the Champions League, with Milan losing home and away.
Nicky Butt – Handed in a transfer request at United for a first team role at Newcastle five years after the Nou Camp. Butt became unpopular with the locals after United beat them 4-1 with the midfielder not having a great game. He was loaned out to Birmingham, where former team mate Steve Bruce was the manager, but walked out after learning that Bruce had put his son, Alex, in the squad ahead of him. Birmingham were relegated at the end of the season and he then returned to Newcastle, where he was much more successful second time round. He captained the team when Scott Parker was out injured and played regularly. He was officially named club captain at the start of the season as Newcastle fight to return to the Premiership.
Ryan Giggs – Went on to break the appearances record for United nine years after the ’99 final when winning the European Cup with the club again.
Jesper Blomqvist – He was replaced by Sheringham in the 99 final, who went on to score the equalising goal. Due to a serious knee injury, the final was Blomqvist’s last game for United, although he stayed on the books for a further two years. Ferguson convinced Everton to take him after his contract was no renewed but his injury problems continued here and he was let go. He then joined Charlton Athletic but played just three games. He returned to Sweded to play for Djurgarden, the local rivals of his last Swedish club, IFK Göteborg, so he was labelled Judas. Regardless, he played a part in Djurgarden’s championship win that season, before the injury problems returned. After a disappointing playing career, he retired aged 31, before getting in to managing. He took on the job at Enkopings SK in the second tier of Swedish football, where he also played the odd game or two, but couldn’t save them from relegation. He is now the assistant manager at another second division team, Hammarby IF.
Andrew Cole – Stayed for two and half seasons after 99 before joining Blackburn for £8 million. Two months after joining he won the League Cup and scored the winning goal in the final. He scored 13 goals in 20 games in his first season and then former strike partner, Dwight Yorke, joined him. After repeatedly falling out with manager Graeme Souness, Cole left Blackburn for Fulham. Then he joined City and hit the crossbar at Old Trafford when returning to play against us in a 1-1 draw. He then joined Portsmouth on transfer deadline day at the end of that season but by March was out on loan at Birmingham. He was released by Pompey at the end of that year and joined up with Dwight Yorke again at Roy Keane’s Sunderland. After a few games he was loaned out to Burnley and was then released by Sunderland at the end of the season. He then played for his local team, Nottingham Forest, although the contract was cancelled by mutual consent a few months in, drawing an end to his 19 year long career, aged 37. At the start of this season he started work as a coach at MK Dons with former United man Paul Ince, as well as taking on a two day a week role at Huddersfield. Cole has a season ticket at Old Trafford in a normal seat and comes to watch us play.
Dwight Yorke – It was during his third season after ’99 that he fell out with the manager and a January deal to Boro was organised. This fell through though so he joined Blackburn for £2m at the end of the season. Like Cole, Yorke also fell out with Graeme Souness so left on a free transfer to Steve Bruce’s Birmingham. He rarely started though so left to play for the Australian side Sydney FC. It was here that he first moved in to the midfield role and was named captain. He returned to United in the summer of 2006 to get fit before the World Cup before joining Sunderland the following season, wearing the number 19 shirt he wore at United. After Keane left in December 08, Yorke was named one of the assistants for Ricky Sbragia, although was released at the end of that season.
Van Der Gouw – Stayed for a further three seasons before moving on to West Ham for the hope of first team football. He didn’t play a single game though and was released at the end of the year when West Ham were relegated. He returned to Holland to play for RKC Waalwijk but only featured in one game. He then joined AGOVV Apeldoorn, who he went on to play 100 league games for, before retiring at the age of 44. In his last professional game, he scored the only goal of his career, from the penalty spot. He then joined Roy Keane’s Sunderland as goalkeeping coach. When Steve Bruce became manager, Van der Gouw returned to his former club, Vitesse, when he played for 8 years, as their goalkeeping coach.
David May – The season after 99, May joined Huddersfield Town on loan to play for Steve Bruce. In his first game he was injured and returned to United. The last years at United were largely spent injured or playing for the Reserves, with him only making 12 first team appearances. His contract was not renewed in 2003 so he joined Burnley when he was named captain. At the end of that season he joined amateur side Bacup Borough, before retiring when he was 46. He then ran a company that imported South African wine, despite not knowing anything about wine. He now works as a pundit on MUTV.
Phil Neville – It was another six years before he left United, joining Everton at the start of the 05/06 season, in a bid to get more first team football. Months later, Roy Keane left United, meaning Phil would have been first choice in the centre of midfield. He was named vice captain upon arrival and took over the captaincy in 2007. In 2009 he scored a penalty against United in the FA Cup semi-final, although refused to celebrate when his team won and booked their place in the final.
Wes Brown – Missed all of the following season due to injury, although has established himself as a first team regular since then. During the Double winning season of 07/08, Wes played more games than any other player and also provided the assist for our only goal in the European Cup final.
Jonathan Greening – Left two years after 99, despite signing a contract extension a season before leaving, after becoming frustrated with the lack of opportunities. He joined Middlesbrough for £3m and played for former United assistant, Steve McClaren. He was voted the club’s Player of the Season in the following year, but then struggled to make the first team so left for West Brom for £1.25. He was named captain three years later and helped the team gain promotion to the Premiership. At the end of last season he handed in a transfer request but the club rejected an offer from Fulham. He instead joined Fulham on loan.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – After struggling with injuries for years, it appeared as though his career was over. He didn’t play at all during the 04-05 season and featured just five times in all competitions the following season. However, he made his come back in 06-07, scoring in the league, European Cup, FA Cup and League cup, and helped United to reclaim their title. At the beginning of the following season he announced his retirement from football. Despite being offered the job of managing the Norweigen national side, Solskjaer has opted to stick with the job of managing the United Reserves. In this time they have won two Manchester Senior Cups and two Lancashire Senior Cups. In the league the have finished 3rd and 2nd
Teddy Sheringham – Two seasons after scoring in the European Cup final, he rejoined former club Spurs, after refusing a year long extension at United. Two years later he joined Portsmouth on a free. At the end of that year he joined West Ham in the Championship, where he was the division’s top scorer and helped them gain promotion to the Premiership. Two years later he went back down to the Championship to play for Colchester, who were relegated at the end of that season.
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