Man Utd's 1999 team are 'worst performing' Champions League winners

The 1999 Champions League final remains one of the most dramatic games in football history.

Manchester United and Bayern Munich locked horns inside Barcelona‘s iconic Camp Nou stadium in a bid to win European football’s biggest prize.

Going into stoppage-time, it looked for all the world that it would be the German side who would be holding the coveted Big Ears trophy aloft thanks to Mario Basler’s sixth-minute goal.

But in the space of two incredible minutes, United – who were without Roy Keane and Paul Scholes due to suspension – somehow turned the game completely on its head.

Teddy Sheringham equalised in the 91st, before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed the comeback in the 93rd.

Champions League finals don’t come any more chaotic and United’s victory also saw them become the first English team to win a treble.

Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson with the Champions League trophy
27 May 1999: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson kisses the European Cup on his return to Manchester after victory in the UEFA Champions League final over Bayern Munich. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford /Allsport

Most football fans label Sir Alex Ferguson‘s Class of 1999 as one of the greatest teams of the modern era and it’s easy to understand why given their achievements.

But did you know United’s team that won a historic treble are statistically the worst ever Champions League winners?

In 2019, research from Your Promotion Code – using Opta statistics since 1992 – revealed that the Red Devils’ 1999 outfit possess the worst win percentage of all winners on 45%.

The worst Champions League winners in history

United picked up just five victories in the 1998/99 campaign and by conceding 1.45 goals-per-game, they also have the unfortunate honour of the worst defensive record.

Now, the data above was collected before the 2019 Champions League final, so the question remains; could the last three winners of the competition have worse numbers to their name?

Well, we found out the answer…

Liverpool 2019 | 61.5% win percentage | 0.77 goals conceded per game

Bayern Munich 2020 | 100% win percentage | 0.73 goals conceded per game

Chelsea 2021 | 69% win percentage | 0.31 goals conceded per game

Chelsea celebrate winning the Champions League
PORTO, PORTUGAL – MAY 29: Cesar Azpilicueta the captain of Chelsea lifts the Champions League Trophy following their team’s victory during the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Estadio do Dragao on May 29, 2021 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

So, yes, United are still statistically the worst Champions League winners since the competition was rebranded by UEFA in 1992.

But don’t worry, we’re aware that every single member of the squad and every single fan of the club will not care one single iota about that fact.

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