Manchester United’s finest hour in the modern era saw them come from behind to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the 1998-99 Champions League final and Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of that momentous day. On the 20th anniversary, we look at what the players who featured for Alex Ferguson on that night at Camp Nou are up to in 2019.
Since hanging up his gloves, Schmeichel has remained a prominent media personality, appearing as a pundit for many major broadcasters.
After a poor stint as Valencia coach came to an abrupt end in 2016, Gary Neville returned to his role as a leading pundit on Sky Sports in England.
Norwegian Johnsen has worked as a television pundit in his homeland, while he is also a Unitedambassador.
After being sacked by Reading last year, he returned to Netherlands and took over PEC Zwolle in December. He seemingly did enough in his first four months to convince Feyenoord, who announced in March that Stam will replace departing coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst in June.
Has made regular appearances on United’s TV channel, worked for Irish broadcasters and written a column for a newspaper.
A brief stint as interim manager of United after David Moyes was sacked in 2014 opened the door to Giggs’ coaching career. He served as assistant to Louis van Gaal during his two-year spell as boss, before taking charge of Wales’ senior side last year.
A philanthropist and investor, the former England star is more businessman than sportsman these days, though he is joint owner of Inter Miami, a club expected to play in MLS from 2020.
Having worked as a youth coach after halting his playing days, Butt was hired as the head of United’s academy in 2016, overseeing the development of some talented players, such as James Garner, Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong.
Another who has done a bit of TV work, but Blomqvist’s post-football life is otherwise significantly different to many of his former colleagues – he now runs a pizzeria near Stockholm.
Ambition certainly isn’t something Yorke lacks, as he put himself forward for the Aston Villa job last October, though he was unsuccessful, probably because his only coaching experience was a stint as Trinidad and Tobago assistant manager a decade ago.
Although Cole has trained to become a coach and briefly worked for Milton Keynes Dons, Huddersfield Town and United, that side of his career is yet to take off, partly down to health issues, having had to have a kidney transplant in April 2017.
The former striker was praised for his impact on West Ham’s forwards during a stint as an attacking coach but lasted less than a year in his first management position at Stevenage. Similarly, he was in charge of Indian side ATK for six months last season before being sacked.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Introduced as a substitute who saved the day in 1999, Solskjaer finds himself in a comparable position 20 years later. After a successful interim period as Jose Mourinho’s replacement, he was hired on a full-time basis as United manager in March, but poor results ever since have seen that decision called into question.