MANCHESTER UNITED F.C.


1996-1997


Champions League


Manchester United vs Porto


Match Worn Shirt


Cantona Eric


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This shirt was worn by Eric Cantona during the Champions League game between Manchester United and Porto which took place in Manchester, “Old Trafford”, on March 5th 1997. Manchester United defeated Porto 4-0. Cantona was named as Manchester United’s captain for the 1996–97 season following the departure of Steve Bruce to Birmingham City. Manchester United retained the league in the 1996–97 season; Cantona had won four league titles in five years with the team, and six in seven years including those won with Marseille and Leeds United, the exception being the 1994–95 season which he had missed the second half of through suspension. Cantona’s stand-out moment in his final season was a goal and memorable celebration against Sunderland in December 1996; after chipping Sunderland goalkeeper Lionel Pérez from just inside the penalty area, Cantona celebrated by standing still, emotionless, slowly turning around and raising his arms before embracing Brian McClair, who had provided the assist. At the end of the season he announced that he was retiring from football at the age of 30. His final competitive game came against West Ham on 11 May 1997, and his final appearance before retiring was five days later on 16 May in a testimonial for David Busst (whose career had been ended by an injury suffered against Manchester United the previous year) against Coventry City at Highfield Road. Cantona scored a total of 64 league goals for Manchester United, 13 in domestic cup competitions, and 5 in the Champions League, bringing his tally to 82 goals in less than five years.

MANCHESTER UNITED F.C.


1999-2000


Champions League


Olympique Marseille vs Manchester United


Match Worn Shirt


Beckham David


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The 1999–2000 season was Manchester United’s eighth season in the Premier League, and their 25th consecutive season in the top division of English football. United won the Premier League title for the sixth time in eight seasons (with a record 18-point margin and 97 goals scored) as well as becoming the first British club to win the Intercontiental Cup when they defeated Palmeiras 1-0 in Tokyo. However, they surrendered their European Cup title with a 3–2 defeat by eventual champions Real Madrid in the quarter-finals. The club controversially did not defend their FA Cup crown, upon request by The Football Association, to compete in the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil instead.

William Gallas wearing the Beckham’s shirt

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Watch the video David Beckham swapping his shirt with William Gallas

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Despite Beckham’s achievements in the 1998–99 season, he was still unpopular among some opposition fans and journalists, and he was criticized after being sent off for a deliberate foul in Manchester United’s World Club Championship match against Necaxa. It was suggested in the press that his wife was a bad influence on him, and that it might be in United’s interests to sell him, but his manager publicly backed him and he stayed at the club. During the 1999–2000 season, there was a talk of a transfer to Juventus in Italy, but this never happened. Beckham helped United retain the Premier League title in 1999–2000 by an 18-point margin, after being pushed by Arsenal and Leeds United for much of the season. United won their final 11 league games of the season, with Beckham scoring five goals during this run, with his last goal coming from a swerving shot from the edge of the penalty area in their final home game against Tottenham Hotspur. By the early 2000s, the relationship between Ferguson and Beckham had begun to deteriorate, possibly as a result of Beckham’s fame and commitments away from football.

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This shirt was swapped after the match by David Beckham with an Ol.Marseille player who we got this shirt from. The shirt has a special embroidery on chest to celebrate the team’s Champions League winning of the previous season. Watch below the video of David Beckham swapping his worn shirt

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In 1992 Manchester United youth team won the FA Youth Cup. That group of players nicknamed “The class of 92”, which included Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes – all of whom went on to become key members of the team that won the unique treble in 1999. The funny thing is that in that season the Youth Team was once pitted against the Manchester United first team.  And, remarkably, the first team – who were Premier League champions at the time – lost to the youngsters. Few months ago Keith Gillespie, the Northern Irish winger who was part of that famous youth team revealed some details of that match. “You know, that sort of showed you how good the team was,” says Gillespie, “because this was a Man United team which were in the middle of dominating everything. Playing against those people – Cantona, (Mark) Hughes, Schmeichel – unbelievable players. I’m sure they were a little bit worried, because we were the new kids on the block, and they’re maybe looking over their shoulders thinking, ‘Oh, he’s going to be taking my place soon…”.  Interestingly, being reminded of that one-off game instantly makes brings one incident to Gillespie’s mind. “One thing I’ll always remember is Peter Schmeichel being chipped by Paul Scholes from about 30 yards…”. Sure that went down well with the famously calm and composed United keeper.

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This style of shirt was never used during the Champions League. It has been prepared but never used. It was instead used in several Premiere League’s games.

MANCHESTER UNITED F.C.


1999-2000


Champions League


Match Issued Shirt


Solskjaer Ole Gunnar

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“The Class of ’92” tale became a British documentary film, released on 1 December 2013. The film centres on the rise of six young Manchester United footballers – David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes – and details their careers for Manchester United starting in 1992. The documentary covers the period from Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup win in 1992 to their Champions League triumph in 1999, which rounded off the Treble-winning 1998–99 season. The film cuts the narrative with the social and cultural changes taking place in Great Britain at the time. The film secured full access with all six players and also includes interviews with former footballers Zinedine Zidane and Eric Cantona, former Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison, film maker Danny Boyle, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and The Stone Roses bassist Mani.

MANCHESTER UNITED F.C.


2000-2001


Denis Irwin Testimonial Game


Manchester United vs Manchester City


Match Issued Shirt


Irwin Denis

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Born in Cork, Ireland, he is best known for his long and successful stint at Manchester United, where he established himself as one of the most important players in the United team that won a host of domestic and European trophies in his time there between 1990 and 2002. He has been regarded by Alex Ferguson as, pound for pound, his greatest ever signing. Earlier in his career he played for Leeds United and then Oldham Athletic, and finished his career with a two-year spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Irwin was capped by the Republic of Ireland national side 56 times, scoring four goals and featuring in the side that reached the second round (last 16) at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Irwin is the joint most successful Irish footballer in history, a record he shares with fellow Manchester United stalwart Roy Keane, having won 19 major trophies in his career.

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In August 2000 the Denis Irwin Testimonial game took place in Manchester between Manchester City and Manchester United to celebrate Denis Irwin. A special shirt was made by Umbro for this game with a special embroidery on chest stating “Dennis Irwin Testimonial Game”. Yes the player’s name Denis was wrongly written with a double “n” as Dennis. Unfortunately it was too late to change it so the team played the game with this writing mistake. This mistake is also what makes the authentic match worn/issued shirts different from store’s shirts that had instead the correct Denis’s name embroidered.

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The “Tom Boyd Testimonial Game” is a game that took place in Glasgow on May 15th 2001 to celebrate Celtic’s player Tom Boyd farewell game. In a match that was never boring, both sides had plenty goalscoring opportunities and it was the English champions that took theirs. That meant that United recorded their first win in seven attempts over the Glasgow side under Fergie’s reign. Mikael Silvestre opened the scoring in 25 minutes with a close-range header, just after Henrik Larsson had hit the bar at the other end. Celtic fought manfully for an equaliser, but it was left to United’s Swedish debutant Bojan Djordjic to complete the scoring with a sublime chip.


MANCHESTER UNITED F.C.


May 15th 2001


Tom Boyd Testimonial Game


Celtic vs Manchester United


Match Worn Unwashed & Signed Shirt


Beckham David


Things to Know:

This shirt was worn by David Beckham during the second half of the game and it was swapped after the match with a Celtic player who we got the shirt from. The shirt was also signed and dedicated to the player which is a quite rare thing considering that David Beckham is/was not very usual to sign his authentic match worn items. Below you can also see David Beckham wearing the Celtic number 15 match worn shirt by the player whom he swapped the shirt with.

MANCHESTER UNITED F.C.


2000-2001


Champions League


Match Worn Shirt


Beckham David

Did you Know?

The 2000–01 season was Manchester United’s ninth season in the Premier League, and their 26th consecutive season in the top division of English football. United won the Premier League for the third successive season and the seventh time since its inauguration in 1993. They were less successful in cup competitions, going out in the fourth round of the FA Cup, the fourth round of the League Cup and the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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Well known for being eccentric, Barthez started out well for Manchester United. His first season was a triumph as he answered all the questions about how he would handle rainy Manchester compared to sunny Monaco. Barthez performed brilliantly throughout the season and became a crowd favourite. The fans loved his eccentric behaviour, his taunting dribbles and step-overs past opposing strikers, and most importantly, his remarkable reaction saves. Very often it was critical saves that kept United from defeat or dropping valuable points, helping United to the 2000–01 FA Premier League title, their third in a row. A memorable incident happened when Manchester United faced Leeds United in March 2001. Barthez deliberately kicked out with his foot at Ian Harte, who fell to the ground on the edge of six yard box, and the referee awarded a penalty to Leeds. Harte stepped up but Barthez made a low, one-handed save to his right. The only blemish in his first season was his failed attempt at “psyching out” West Ham United’s Paolo Di Canio in the FA Cup Fourth Round; Di Canio beat the offside trap, while Barthez stood still with his hand up expecting the referee to blow his whistle, or Di Canio to stop. Di Canio continued and scored the only goal of the game,[9][10] and later said it was “better to score and then see whether the goalkeeper is right or wrong”.

MANCHESTER UNITED F.C.


2000-2001


Champions League


Match Worn Shirt


Barthez Fabien

Things to Know:

Barthez joined United for £7.8 million in 2000. He was later reunited with national teammate Laurent Blanc, who joined United in 2001. The Barthez–Blanc head-kissing ritual was performed at the start of Champions League matches.  Well known for being eccentric, Barthez started out well for Manchester United. His first season was a triumph as he answered all the questions about how he would handle rainy Manchester compared to sunny Monaco. Barthez performed brilliantly throughout the season and became a crowd favourite. The fans loved his eccentric behaviour, his taunting dribbles and step-overs past opposing strikers, and most importantly, his remarkable reaction saves. Very often it was critical saves that kept United from defeat or dropping valuable points, helping United to the 2000–01 FA Premier League title, their third in a row.

MANCHESTER UNITED F.C.


2001-2002


Ryan Giggs Testimonial Game


Match Worn Shirt


Van Nistelrooy Ruud