What happened to Manchester United's 1999 Champions League winners?
Sir Alex Ferguson
There are very few elements of the Ferguson story that aren’t already widely known. It has entered into folklore that he was on the verge of being sacked as United manager in 1990 following a string of poor results ahead of an FA Cup third round match against Nottingham Forest.
They ultimately won that match 1-0 and won the FA Cup, and the board’s faith was finally realised in 1993 when Ferguson led the club to a first league title in 26 years.
That kickstarted an extraordinary run where the Red Devils picked up silverware for fun. By the time Ferguson retired in 2013, they had surpassed Liverpool’s record for English titles and set a new benchmark of 20, adding two Champions League titles for good measure.
In retirement, he has released a couple of books and filled ambassadorial roles at United and with UEFA and also lectured at Harvard University.
He was also responsible for one of the few failings during his 26 years at Old Trafford, personally selecting David Moyes to be his successor. The former Everton man wasn’t given much time in charge, with the club ending his six-year contract after just 10 months. – JD
Watch the highlights of United's famous victory below