What happened to Manchester United's 1999 Champions League winners?
Swedish winger Jesper Blomqvist first caught Sir Alex Ferguson’s eye while at IFK Goteborg, scoring in a shock 3-1 win against Manchester United in 1994 that knocked the English club out of the Champions League.
An unsuccessful move to AC Milan soon followed, but Blomqvist spurned United’s initial advances and signed for Parma AC. Sir Alex Ferguson was undeterred though and finally got his man a year later for a fee of £4.4 million.
Blomqvist won a Premier League and FA Cup medal in 1999, scoring his only league goal for United in a 4-1 win against Everton. The winger went on to start against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final but was taken off after 67 minutes for Teddy Sheringham.
Little did anyone know that it would be Blomqvist’s last appearance in a Red Devils jersey, as he went under the knife three times in the next two seasons before moving to Everton.
While the Swedish international came out of retirement twice back home in 2008 and 2010, he has finally hung up his boots for good these days, apart from the odd charity game.
Blomqvist now aids his psychologist brother in delivering self-help talks for people handling setbacks. – ZK