To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their treble success of 1999 and to also raise funds for the Manchester United Foundation, a friendly match between the 1999 Manchester United squad and Bayern Munich Legends was played at United’s Old Trafford ground on Sunday. The Red Devils beat Bayern Munich 2:1 in that 1999 UEFA Champions League Final played at Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium thanks to late goals from Teddy Sheringham and current Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The feat ensured United won a treble of trophies (League, FA Cup and Champions League) that season.
Solksjaer put United ahead with other goals coming from the boots of Dwight Yorke, Nicky Butt, Louis Saha (the only player who wasn’t part of the ‘99 squad that scored) and David Beckham to hand United a 5:0 win. Sir Alex Ferguson was Manager of the United 1999 squad on the day with his erstwhile assistant Steve McClaren next to him and they were later joined by current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the dug-out after he came off later on during the course of the game. The crowd which was over 60,000 sure enjoyed the game watching the legends roll back the years though with gentler pace. David Beckham who had more successful crosses in the game than Ashley Young had all season also got a standing ovation every time he went to take a corner kick and Solskjaer scored as many goals (1) as Alexis Sanchez scored this past season for the Red Devils, #FactsOnly.
In Formula 1, there is no stopping Lewis Hamilton. The British born racer despite struggling managed to win the Monaco Grand Prix handing him his 4th win of the year 2019. Hamilton was made to run on medium tyres after his first pit stop meaning, he had to do 66 laps with tyres that were projected to do about 50 laps. His experience came into play and he was able to fend of threats from Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Verstappen who originally finished 2nd was demoted to 4th due to a 5 second penalty which meant Vettel came second and Bottas was third. Hamilton now leads teammate Bottas with 17 points on the Drivers Standings, he has 137 points as against Bottas’ 120. Vettel is 3rd on the log with 82 points, Max Verstappen has 78 points and Charles Leclerc completes the top 5 with 57 points.
In the NBA, Toronto Raptors stunned a whole lot of basketball faithfuls when they came back from 2 games down to win 4 games in row in the Conference Finals. Their 4:2 win over Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals will see them face Golden State Warriors to decide who the Kings of the NBA would be. The final kicks off on Friday May 31, 2019 and it is believed that Golden State have all the advantage because they are well rested after easily seeing of Portland Trailblazers by winning 4 straight games days ahead of Raptors triumph over the Bucks. Time will tell.
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