Ratings: Solskjaer, Yorke, Butt, Saha and Beckham score in 5-0 victory over Bayern Munich


Manchester United beat Bayern Munich 5-0 in a thrilling Treble Reunion at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday afternoon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke, Nicky Butt, Louis Saha and David Beckham all scored goals in the match with Jesper Blomqvist assisting twice, Saha, Jonathan Greening and Karel Poborsky each getting one assist.

The opening goal of the match was scored by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer three minutes after he replaced Andy Cole. David Beckham squared the ball into Dwight Yorke, whose effort was parried away. Jesper Blomqvist then picked up the ball, played it to Solskjaer, who tapped the ball in to put his side 1-0 up.

United did score against through Paul Scholes by Gary Neville was offside and the goal was ruled out. Dwight Yorke doubled United’s lead after Jesper Blomqvist played a cross into the box with the former Trinidad and Tobago forward slotting home from close-range. This United side has brought the excitement back to Old Trafford after a tough season.

Nicky Butt scored the third goal for United in the 79th minute of there match, minutes after Teddy Sheringham fired wide of the target, The midfielder began the move with a long-ball to Louis Saha, who then slotted the ball back to Butt for him to bury his shot into the back of the net, showing this Bayern side who the boss was in Manchester.

A fourth goal soon followed, this time with Saha scoring. Karel Poborsky played the ball upfield to Jonathan Greening, who remained onside, breaking forward, delivering a low cross to the Frenchman who made it 4-0 to United, with no reply from the German side seeming all that possible, which would have made Sir Alex Ferguson happy.

United then made it five with David Beckham scoring in front of the Old Trafford faithful in the Stretford End. Poborsky was once again involved, seeing Beckham run forward, onside, putting in a through ball for Becks to round a player and beat the goalkeeper from close-range, burying the ball high into the back of the net at the near post. What a thrilling encounter.

Men of the Match: David Beckham and Nicky Butt

In a game which saw Gary Neville, David Beckham and Nicky Butt all play 90 minutes in their return to the `Theatre of Dreams. All three played a part in the game but Neville will rue being offside which stopped Paul Scholes from scoring in the first half. Both Beckham and Butt god their own goals and drove United forward to win this game. A performance that some of the current first teamers will need to look at in order to bring the same desire next season.

Goals: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 5′, Dwight Yorke 30′, Nicky Butt 79′, Louis Saha 85′, David Beckham 90′

Assists: Jesper Blomqvist 5′, 30′, Louis Saha 79′, Jonathan Greening 85′, Karel Poborsky 90′

Manchester United: Schmeichel (van der Gouw 35′ (Pilkington 74′); G. Neville, Stam (Brown 68′), Johnsen (Berg 80′), Irwin (Silvestre 57′); Beckham, Butt, Scholes (Greening 59′), Blomqvist (Poborsky 46′); Yorke (Saha 40′), Cole (Solskjaer 1′ (Sheringham 27′ (May 80′)

Peter Schmeichel: The Great Dane started this match, as he did in 1999. Schmeichel made some good saves during his time on the pitch of his return to Old Trafford 20 year after helping his side reach the promised land. It was good to see him back in goal for the club. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gary Neville: The Salford City part owner and Sky Sports pundit started the match and after Schmeichel was substituted in the 35th minute, was given the captains armband. Scholes scored United’s second goal but because Neville was offside, it was ruled out. Neville played 90 minutes in the game and was involved in the final goal, scored by Beckham, even if the midfielder did not square the ball to him. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jaap Stam: The Dutchman showed his sheer grit and determination, putting in an excellent sliding tackle of old in the 13th minute of the match to deny Bayern Munich from getting a goalscoring opportunity. Seeing Stam perform his defensive duties made me sick to think that United currently have Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, who after nearly a decade at the club have not managed to have a presence like Stam. The big Dutchman was replaced by Wes Brown in the 68th minute. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ronny Johnsen: The 49-year-old Norwegian was another player who turned back the years to face Bayern Munich twenty years after that night in Barcelona. Johnsen played well, partnered with Jaap Stam, who looked like he could still play competitive football in the Premier League. Johnsen was replaced by Henning Berg in the 80th minute of the match. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Denis Irwin: The Irish left-back, despite being 53, rolled back the years against Bayern Munich 20 years after helping his team win the treble. Irwin played well at left-back and helped clear his defensive line which stopped Bayern from getting involved in the match for the majority of the game, of which he played 57 minutes of. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

David Beckham: The art of crossing the ball from the flanks has been missed at Old Trafford and beyond in a Manchester United team. The 44-year-old showed us how it was done then, still having it now. The United legend showed that age was just a number for him. I love seeing him play in United shirts and miss the days he was marauding on the right flank with Ryan Giggs on the left. Those were the days. Nothing like that has been seen at United for years. Beckham signed off this great day with a goal of his own, onside, the ball played from Poborsky, rounding a player and beating the keeper at the near post. Amazing. Right in front of the Stretford End. To play 90 minutes and show up the current crop of players will be a satisfying end to the day for Becks. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nicky Butt: The United academy director turned back the clock to start this match, twenty years after seeing his side beat Bayern Munich on that night in Barcelona. Partnered with Scholes from the start of the game, the former England international played well and did what he needed to do. Butt won a free-kick in Beckham territory just before the 70th minute of the match, sadly it was not turned into a third goal of the game. The midfielder scored the third goal of the game, assisted by Louis Saha in the 79th minute. Late in the game, with United on the attack, Butt tried a bicycle kick but missed the target, unfortunately. Playing 90 minutes was admirable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Paul Scholes: The formidable midfielder turned back the years against Bayern Munich, a match he did not play in 20 years ago because he was suspended. Despite the low pace of the game, Scholes did well and found a goal, which would have put Unted 2-0 up but Gary Neville was offside and the goal was ruled out. Scholes will not be happy with that. Scholes played 59 minutes in the game, replaced by Jonathan Greening. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jesper Blomqvist: The 45-year-old Swede got the assist for the opening goal of the match after David Beckham crossed in to Dwight Yorke, failing to score and the ball fell to Blomqvist who passed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who buried his shot into the back of the net. Blomqvist managed two assists in the first half of the game but did not start the second half with Karel Poborsky replacing him. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dwight Yorke: The smiling assassin nearly opened the scoring for United in the fifth minute but managed to double United’s lead in the 30th minute after Blomqvist crossed the ball into the box with the Trinidian slotting home from close-range, making what he did seem simple. Yorke was replaced in the 40th minute by Louis Saha after he could feel his hamstring. The smiler had a good game and it was good to see him score again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Andy Cole: The former United striker started the match but was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the first minute. t was good to see him play for the club again but I would have liked to see more of him. He did well after what he has gone through with his health. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: The Manchester United manager replaced Andy Cole in the first minute of the match. Solskjaer opened the scoring in the fifth minute after a strong start by United. David Beckham squared the ball into Dwight Yorke, who fired towards goal with the Norwegian mopping up after a pass from Jesper Blomqvist. Solskjaer was replaced by Sheringham in the 27th minute of the match. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Teddy Sheringham: The striker replaced Solskjaer in the 27th minute of the match. Sheringham had a chance soon after coming on but Bayern goalkeeper Hans Jorg Butt made a great save to deny him after Beckham delivered a great ball to the forward, heading his goalbound effort which was put behind by Butt. The striker had a great chance to score in the 74th minute after Poborsky played a good ball into the box, the Champions League final goalscorer hitting it wide. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Raimond van der Gouw: The Dutch goalkeeper replaced Schmeichel in the 35th minute of the match with the Dane seemingly unable to continue because of his back. The Dutchman played well for United, despite this Bayern side not being all that fit or good in front of goal. He played until the 74th minute with Kevin Pilkington replacing him. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Louis Saha: The former French international replaced Dwight Yorke in the 40th minute of the match. The Frenchman played well up top for United playing the entire second half, plus five minutes of the first. He got an assist for Nicky Butt’s 79th-minute goal, getting a goal himself in the 85th minute, putting United 4-0 up. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Karel Poborsky: The Czech winger replaced Jesper Blomqvist at the start of the second half. Poborsky was largely underrated at United but the emergence of one David Beckham called time to his career at the club, playing just two seasons with United. He was not a treble winner with the club, leaving in the summer of 1998. The Czech winger player a cracking ball into Sheringham in the 74th minute but the former England striker hit his effort wide. Poborsky got his assist, playing a great ball to David Beckham in the final minute with the Old Trafford legend firing in front of the Stretford End. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mikael Silvestre: The French defender replaced Denis Irwin in the 57th minute of the match. Playing at left-back, Silvestre did what he needed to do in order to stop Bayern from getting any advantage from the game, despite being 2-0 down. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jonathan Greening: The former United midfielder replaced Paul Scholes in the 59th minute of the match. The midfielder played some good football for United after replacing Scholes and got involved in the fourth goal, avoiding offside to square the ball into Saha for him to find United’s fourth goal of the game. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wes Brown: The former United and England defender replaced Jaap Stam in the 68th minute of the match. Brown played well int he victory, not that Bayern held much threat throughout much of the match. It was good to see some of these players again, especially after a poor season which saw some poor football and some much poorer results. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kevin Pilkington: The former United goalkeeper replaced Raimond van Der Gouw in the 74th minute of the match. The third goalkeeper of the game to keep a clean sheet. Bayern posed no threat towards the end of the game. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Henning Berg: The Norwegian defender replaced his compatriot Ronny Johnsen in the 80th minute of the match, just after Nicky Butt scored United’s third goal of the game. Berg played well for the remaining ten minutes of the match, helping keep Bayern at bay with United ending on a high. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

David May: The 48-year-old English defender replaced Teddy Sheringham in the 80th minute of the match against Bayern Munich. May played in the strikers’ role for the final few minutes of the match. Twenty years later, the man who stole the limelight in Barcelona, got to play in the reunion match and play as the striker. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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