What happened to Manchester United's 1999 Champions League winners?

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Ronny Johnsen

Having started his career as a striker, Johnsen was converted into a centre-back and will likely be best remembered for his partnership with Jaap Stam.

Manchester United bought him in 1996 for £1.2m (S$2.6m) from Turkish side Besiktas and he spent six years at Old Trafford, finishing with four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and that Champions League crown.

During the 1999 season he produced a pivotal display that helped them into the final, moved into central midfield by Sir Alex Ferguson in the second leg of the semi-final against Juventus.

Having picked up only a 1-1 draw at home in the first leg, Johnsen was influential in United’s 3-2 away triumph on the night.

He most likely could have had a longer career in Manchester, but a chronic knee injury ended his time prematurely and he left on a free transfer for Aston Villa ahead of the 2002-03 campaign.

He also spent time at Newcastle United, where he was beset by fitness concerns, before playing out his career at Norwegian side Valerenga, picking up another league title in 2005.

Retiring in 2008, he continued playing five-a-side football and is now reportedly selling real estate in his native Norway. – TO