What happened to Manchester United's 1999 Champions League winners?
On February 2, 2011, United secured a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. That day would also signal Neville’s final match in the Red Devils’ kit. It was a sad day for United fans as few players before or since have represented the club with such passion.
Part of the famous ‘Class of 92’ along with Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and his younger brother Phil, Neville is widely considered United’s best right-back ever.
He combined superbly with Beckham down the right touchline and helped set-up countless goals, finished so regularly during that 1999 season by Andy Cole or Dwight Yorke.
In the Champions League final, Neville had his hands full at different times marking Bayern attacking threats Carsten Janker, Mario Basler and Steffan Effenberg, but of course left on the winning side.
A one-club man, Neville is credited with 20 trophies from his 400 appearances, making him comfortably one of the most successful England players in history.
After retirement, Neville joined Roy Hodgson’s England coaching staff for Euro 2012. Along with his fellow ‘Class of 92’ brethren, he also purchased lower-league club Salford City before selling a 50 per cent stake to Singapore billionaire Peter Lim.
To a new generation of football fans, Neville is now recognised as one of the best pundits on television. – TO