Sir Alex Ferguson and his Manchester United Legends returned to Old Trafford today (Sunday) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of winning the Treble with an exhilarating 5-0 victory.
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 supporters 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.”