Man Utd squad were ‘steaming drunk’ days before 1999 Champions League final

Jonathan Greening has recalled "steaming" drunk Manchester United stars partying all night before their famous 1999 Champions League final triumph over Bayern Munich.

United completed an iconic treble under Sir Alex Ferguson in the 1998/99 campaign, clinching the Premier League and FA Cup as well as the Champions League.

But it is their victory in the latter competition which remains the most memorable, as late goals from Teddy Sheringham and current Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sealed a dramatic 2-1 win against Bayern and handed them the trophy.

Greening was a member of Ferguson's squad that season, albeit playing a bit-part role and not earning an appearance in Europe.

However, the former Middlesbrough and West Brom midfielder still partied through the night with his United team-mates after their FA Cup final win over Newcastle – despite having the Champions League showpiece in store four days later.

"Looking back on those 10 or so days back in 1999 in and around the end of the season, the FA Cup final and, of course, the Champions League, it was just such a crazy period," Greening told Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Man United v Man City.

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"We'd won the league by beating Tottenham on the one weekend, all of us celebrating on the pitch lifting the trophy.

"I was a 20-year-old, playing for the team I supported as a young boy, and I'm celebrating with these players I looked up to for so long – we're all going crazy on the pitch, and then there's the after party – it was just one of the best days ever.

"Then we had the FA Cup final the following weekend and I just have these memories of being measured up for my suit, being a part of the final squad going down to Wembley.

"I think it was me and Wes Brown who ended up being left out of the squad for the actual game, although we were there as part of the team on the day when we beat Newcastle.

"Winning the FA Cup was such a massive accomplishment for the squad and to be a part of it all was a dream come true – again the parties and the celebrations after that final were unbelievable.

"I remember thinking 'we can't have a party, we've got the Champions League final on Wednesday!', but everyone was steaming, up all night drinking, celebrating. I couldn't believe it.

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"Then came the build-up to the Champions League final, where we flew out to Barcelona on Concorde which was a great experience.

"We got to the hotel and I just remember things being really relaxed, the lads were so relaxed, the manager was so relaxed, we're all just really confident.

"At this point I'm thinking basically this time last year I was training on pitches with jumpers for goalposts, and now I'm flying Concorde to the Champions League final – how crazy is that?"

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