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A story in images – Throwback to Man United’s miraculous Champions League glory in 1999



A look back at Man United’s historic Champions League victory over Bayern Munich

May 26, 1999, is a special date in Manchester United history. Manchester United took on Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final.

On this night, the club proved that the match is never over until the fat lady sings. And for United, she only began his closing tone as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wheeled away in celebration.

In spite of their domestic dominance, Untied had not been able to transcend it to the continental stage. They were given an opportunity to win the biggest prize in Europe in 1999 at the Nou Camp.

Bayern started off to strongly as Mario Basler gave the Germans a sixth-minute lead from a freekick. Having to make do without Paul Scholes and Roy Keane, United failed to make the most of dominating the ball.

A well organized German defence kept the Red Devils at bay. We went into the break trailing by a goal.

Bayern came out strong in the second half and had numerous chances to settle the tie. The likes of Mehmet Scholl, Basler, Carsten Jancker, Markus Babbel, and Steffan Effenberg all went close for the Germans.

Two key substitutions, two memorable goals

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came on with ten minutes remaining and immediately forced Oliver Kahn into a save. It was United’s best chance of the game until then. Little did he know it was to get so much better.

Solskjaer and felloe substitute Teddy Sheringham breathed new life into the United attack as they kept pushing for an equalizer. They got their reward in the first minute of stoppage time. Sheringham was at hand to swipe in a right-footed shot and United was level.

Two minutes later, he was once again in the thick of things. David Beckham’s corner looked to be headed wide by Sheringham, only for Solskjaer to stick out his foot and direct the ball into the goal.

United had done the impossible. In just two minutes, the game had been turned on its head. Bayern players collapsed in disbelief as United stars celebrated around them.

Sir Alex Ferguson had done it. United were not just EPL champions but also European champions.

The victory at the Nou Camp ensured that United ended the season with a treble of the league, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. A feat that has not been repeated since.

We take a look at some of the defining pictures from the night below.

Memorable images from that night in 1999

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich
Manchester United had last won the Europen Cup in 1968
Manchester United vs Bayern Munich
Manchester United faced a strong Bayern Munich side led by Oliver Kahn
Manchester United vs Bayern Munich
Both teams got stuck in from the kick off
Mario Basler gave Bayern an early lead with an excellent freekick
Manchester United vs Bayern Munich
United were kept in check by a well organized German defense
The United attack was frustrated time and time again
Even Peter Schmeichel attacks a United corner in search of an equalizer
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Teddy Sheringham gets United back on level terms in the 91st minute
Sheringham celebrates his equalizer
Another corner, another header by Sheringham. However, it looks to be going wide
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is at hand to turn the ball into the net
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United players celebrate what is surely the winner
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Bayern players are crestfallen at the sudden turnaround
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United skipper Schmeichel celebrates Solskjaer’s winner
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The prestigious trophy returned home to Old Trafford after 31 years

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