Remember when Manchester United won the treble back in 1999?
Of course you do. Now name the first few players who come to mind when you think back to that team.
Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Well, they were the first players to come to my mind.
A player who you probably didn’t mention in that first stroll down memory lane was a forgotten man who started in the Champions League final that year against Bayern Munich.
Jesper Blomqvist. Now you remember him. The Swedish guy who always clutched the ends of his sleeves in bunched fists when he played on United’s wing.
It’s easy to forget about Blomqvist because, not only did he not play that much of a pivotal role in United’s successes that season , he barely featured at all in three years at Old Trafford – unlike back-up defender, David May, who had been at United for five years by the time they won the treble.
Despite his medal haul in the 1998-99, Blomqvist’s United career was hampered by injury and he only played 25 times in the Premier League, scoring only one goal.
Sir Alex Ferguson also replaced him at 1-0 down in the Champions League final with Sheringham coming on after 66 minutes. We all know what happened later in that game.
Blomqvist even lost his Champions League medal on the pitch at the Nou Camp before eventually retrieving it.
Next time you think back to the United heroes of 1999, raise a glass to the forgotten man, Jesper Blomqvist.