Manchester United are one of the biggest football clubs in the world and their performances in the European Cup/Champions League will certainly have been a reason as to why they have been able to build the success that they have over the years. The Red Devils have been incredibly successful when playing in the tournament and have been able to produce some truly iconic moments. Hence, there is no surprise that the 74,879 capacity Old Trafford venue becomes a raucous place when they are involved in the competition.
A club the size of Manchester United have been able to call upon a number of superstars throughout the years of the competition, with many having had an impact on the tournament in some shape or form. Men such as Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistlerooy and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all had moments in the cup that will forever be remembered.
The Red Devils have been one of the most successful football clubs to have ever played in Europe’s elite club competition, having won the Champions League on three occasions in their storied history. Those aforementioned wins came in 1967/68, 1998/99 and 2007/08 with victories against Benfica, Bayern Munich and Chelsea respectively.
The English outfit are no strangers to the tournament’s finale, though, as they have managed to appear in no fewer than five spectacles. Their defeats in the 2008/09 and 2010/11 editions were both to FC Barcelona.
Nonetheless, Manchester United have had a number of iconic moments that fans can recall when playing in the tournament, with the 1998/99 final perhaps the most memorable for football fans all around the world.
The final between the Red Devils and Bayern Munich appeared to be going the way of the Germans, however two goals in stoppage time from Teddy Sheringham and Solskjaer turned things completely around and gave the club their first title for 31 years in the competition with a 2-1 victory in Barcelona.
Other memorable moments include Rooney’s debut for the club where he recorded a hat-trick against Fenerbahce in the 2004/05 tournament, whilst their final against Chelsea in Moscow will always be remembered as they managed to defeat their English rivals in a penalty shoot-out as Edwin van der Sar became a hero for the club.
However, one moment that Manchester United fans will not want to remember, however sometimes there are performances that can not be forgotten, with Kaka’s display against them for AC Milan in the 2006/07 Champions League semi-final as he almost single-handedly destroyed them.
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