The Unwritten Dressing Room Rule Manchester United Had During The Treble Winning Season
Teddy Sheringham has revealed that Manchester United players did not talk about the potential of winning a historic back in 1999 as there was "a bit of an unwritten rule" in the dressing room.
20 years ago this week United did something that has never been done before in English football when they won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 10 days.
The treble was completed on 26 May when United scored two goals in stoppage time to beat Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp but Sheringham, scorer of the equaliser, says United never got ahead of themselves prior to it happening.
"Yeah there probably was. Until you actually get to it, even in the last week or the last 10 days, it can still go pear shaped but there's the one you win against Tottenham in the last game of the season, then you win the FA Cup and that's special.
"I don't think really, as a kid growing up, you dream about the Champions League final or the European Cup-Winners' Cup final. You don't think about that far.
"You think about playing in the FA Cup final, as you watch it growing up as a kid. At seven, eight, nine and 10 years old, you love it and enjoy football, as a kid, scoring goals for the school team.
"You want to play in the FA Cup final. You want that day and to enjoy playing at Wembley.
"Finally, to do that at 33, was amazing and to be an integral part of it, scoring the first goal and being part of the winning team, was also amazing.
"Then do you know what? This can really happen. It was probably then that we started talking about it (winning the Treble)."
On Sunday, exactly 20 years since the famous "AND SOLSKJAER HAS WON IT!" line from Clive Tyldesley, United and Bayern will play out the memorable fixture at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville will all be back in United colours, as will the likes of Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Jesper Blomqvist, Denis Irwin, Jaap Stam, David May, Wes Brown, Ronnie Johnsen and Peter Schmeichel.
Sir Alex Ferguson will return to the United dug-out, with Steve McClaren and Bryan Robson making up his coaching team.
The 'Treble Reunion' game, which kicks off at 3pm BST time, will raise funds for the Manchester United foundation.
United squad in full:
1. Peter Schmeichel (Goalkeeper)
2. Gary Neville (Defender)
3. Denis Irwin (Defender)
4. David May (Defender)
5. Ronny Johnsen (Defender)
6. Jaap Stam (Defender)
7. David Beckham (Midfielder)
8. Nicky Butt (Midfielder)
9. Andy Cole (Striker)
9. Louis Saha (Striker)
10. Teddy Sheringham (Striker)
13. Ji-sung Park (Midfielder)
14. Karel Poborsky (Midfielder)
15. Jesper Blomqvist (Midfielder)
17. Raimond van der Gouw (Goalkeeper)
18. Paul Scholes (Midfielder)
19. Dwight Yorke (Striker)
20. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Striker)
21. Henning Berg (Defender)
24. Wes Brown (Defender)
27. Mikael Silvestre (Defender)
34. Jonathan Greening (Midfielder)