On Sunday, Manchester United celebrated their 20th anniversary of winning the historic treble in 1999 with a legends match against their opponents in that year’s Champions League final, Bayern Munich.
A host of legendary players belonging to both the clubs played in the showcase fixture at Old Trafford, which the Red Devils won with an impressive 5-0 scoreline.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the current United manager, was a part of the home side, alongside the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Jaap Stam, Paul Scholes, and David Beckham, to name a few.
After the game, Ole spoke to the media about the outing, telling BT Sport: “[It’s] great to be out there with the players and for the fans.
“[It feels like] it’s been more than 20 years since we played together, it’s heavy out there. My calves don’t want to play anymore. Some of the players are quite fit, it’s still a competitive one with a few nice tackles flying in.”
Solskjaer was then asked about which players impressed him the most, and without a moment’s hesitation, he replied: “Jaap and Ronny. We could do with them two at the back!”
Both Jaap Stam and Ronny Johnsen were spectacular on the night, playing an important part in helping their team keep a clean sheet.
Stam, in particular, played with his typical no-nonsense defensive style, with one of his aggressive tackles literally sending Bayern forward Ivica Olic flying.
As Ole pointed out, both these players wouldn’t face too much trouble getting into the current team’s backline, considering the lack of consistency and quality in their central defensive department at the moment.