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Manchester United 1999: Where are they now?

What happened to United's 1999 treble winning squad? (©GettyImages)
What happened to United's 1999 treble winning squad? (©GettyImages).

In 1999 Manchester United made history by becoming the only English team to win the treble of their domestic league and cup, together with the Champions League.

Every fan must remember where they were when United famously came back from a goal down to beat Bayern Munich in the Nou Camp in the dying seconds of the '99 Champions League final, in what remains one of the most exciting finishes to a match ever.

But what happened to the team afterwards? Let's take a look.

Peter Schmeichel | Age: 49

Schmeichel, one of the greatest 'keepers of all time, left the Red Devils at the end of that glorious season, moving to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.

He returned to England, playing for Aston Villa and arch-rivals Manchester City, retiring in 2003. Since then the big Dane has appeared many times as a pundit on English TV and even hosted a quiz show in Denmark, as well as Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel.

Gary Neville | Age: 38

As most people will know, Neville remained a one-club man, retiring in 2011 after making over 600 appearances for United.  He is now a regular analyst on Sky Sports and part of Roy Hodgson's England coaching staff.

Denis Irwin | Age: 47

Irwin left United in 2002 after 368 games and went on to play for Wolves until 2004. Irwin now works as a presenter at United's TV channel MUTV and even gives tours of the ground on special occasions.

Ronny Johnsen | Age: 43

Johnsen left United in 2002 after an injury-prone career limited his appearances at United. He then went on to play for Aston Villa, Newcastle and Norwegian's Valerenga, retiring in 2008.

Jaap Stam | Age: 40

Stam controversially fell out with Sir Alex Ferguson after revelations in the Dutchman's book that he had been approached by United before permission had been given by his club PSV.

The fall out was the end for Stam, and Fergie showed him the door in 2002 shortly afterwards, arguably whilst the Dutchman was still in his prime.  He went on to play for Lazio, AC Milan and Ajax, before quitting in 2007.  However, Fergie did not hold grudges and Stam returned to the club as a scout in 2008.

Jesper Blomqvist | Age: 39

Blomqvist went on to play for Everton, Charlton, Djurgarden, Enkoping and Hammarby, where he was also assistant manager, only retiring as recently as 2010.

The Swede only made 25 league appearances for United and was mainly used as back-up to Ryan Giggs during an injury blighted stay until leaving in 2001, but did play in the Champions League final due to the suspension of Paul Scholes and Roy Keane.

Ryan Giggs | Age: 39

Giggs is one of the few members of the squad still playing. With 654 league appearances since his 1990 debut, the Welsh legend is still a big part of Fergie's squad and it looks like that will continue for at least another season.

David Beckham | Age: 37

Beckham obviously needs no introduction. After appearing to fall out with Ferguson over the infamous boot-kicking incident, Becks left the club in 2003 for Real Madrid.

After going on to play for LA Galaxy and AC Milan, Becks is now at Paris Saint Germain. With 265 league games for United he remains a legend and favourite at the club.

Nicky Butt | Age: 38

Butt left United in 2004 after 12 years and 269 league appearances. He then went to Newcastle until 2010 before a brief loan spell at Birmingham. Butt then played in South China before calling it a day in 2011. In October 2012 he returned to United as a reserve team coach.

Andrew Cole | Age: 41

Cole now works at United's TV channel MUTV along with Denis Irwin and other former favourites, Gary Pallister, Lou Macari and Paddy Crerand.

Cole left United in 2001 after 93 goals in 195 appearances. He went on to play for Blackburn, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Sunderland, Burnley and Nottingham Forest. Cole has also been involved in charity work and even released a single, which failed to make the Top 40.

Dwight Yorke | Age: 41

Yorke often drove Fergie mad with his love of the highlife, but his partnership with Cole was undoubtedly one of the best of all time.

After leaving United with 48 goals in 96 games, Yorke played for Blackburn, Birmingham, Sydney FC, Sunderland and Tobago United. The chirpy character is no stranger to the showbiz life, being linked with numerous ladies, and has a child with Page 3 model, Jordan. He has run the London Marathon and also works as a pundit on Sky Sports.

Roy Keane | Age: 41

Keane famously fell out with Fergie, amongst many other people, during a controversial but magnificent career. He missed the 1999 Champions League final through suspension, but played a huge part in getting United there, especially in the semi-final against Juventus.

Keane left United suddenly in November 2005, after criticising some of his team-mates on United TV channel MUTV following a 4-1 defeat to Middlesbrough, which proved to be the final straw for Sir Alex.

After leaving Keane only played 10 more league games for Celtic before retiring. He went on to manage Sunderland and Ipswich, who he left in 2011 and has since been working as a pundit for ITV recently.

Paul Scholes | Age: 38

Scholes is another still playing, but perhaps not for much longer as it is rumoured this may be his last season. Scholes did retire in May 2011 but was lured out of retirement in January 2012.

The ginger magician has played 497 times for United in the Premier League, scoring 107 goals and his status as a United legend is assured. Barcelona legend, Xavi, even rated Scholes as the best midfielder of the past two decades. High praise indeed.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | Age: 40

Solskjaer was United's super-sub and stayed at the club until 2007 when he retired after playing 235 league games and scoring 91 goals. The Norwegian then managed United's reserve team for three years and success with this led to him being appointed Molde manager back in his home country.

Solskjaer has been hugely successful with Molde taking them to their first ever title win and is touted as a possible successor to Sir Alex Ferguson himself one day.

Teddy Sheringham | Age: 47

Sheringham carried on playing until 2008 after leaving United in 2001. He went on to play for Tottenham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Colchester.

After only joining United at age 31 many thought he was too old to make an impact, but he went on to make score 31 goals in 147 league games for United, even scoring in the Champions League final and FA Cup final to prove his detractors wrong. Sheringham has often appeared as a pundit since quitting the game.

Wes Brown | Age: 33

Brown is currently at Sunderland after leaving United in 2011. The defender made 233 league appearances for United in his 15 year stay.

David May | Age: 42

May left United in 2003 after a loan spell at Huddersfield, joining Burnley.  He then joined amateurs Bacup Borough, retiring in 2006. Since retirement he has run his own wine importing company and also done some media work for MUTV.

Phil Neville | Age: 36

Phil Neville went to Everton from United in 2005 and has gone on to have a highly successful time there, becoming a fans favourite - no mean feat after playing for Manchester United.

Neville played 263 league games for United and has played 242 for Everton.  He recently announced that he will leave Everton at the end of the season, but has not revealed his plans yet, despite being linked with the England Under-20s' managers job.

What these players achieved is never likely to be matched again in English football.

 

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