Three years, five major trophies. Jaap Stam’s spell at Old Trafford was spectacularly successful.
In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that "Jip Jaap Stam", the "big Dutchman", was among the best defenders ever to pull on a United shirt. Thankfully, we were lucky enough to catch up with the Treble-winner when he was in Manchester recently...
When you think of United what immediately springs to mind?
Just all the great memories and the fantastic people I met. My time at the club was very special, we won a lot of trophies as a team and I grew as a player and a person. It’s difficult to pick out a favourite moment, but winning the league in the three seasons I was here was unbelievable and the days when we were presented with the trophy in front of the fans definitely stand out.
You called time on your career in October 2007, but we hear you still play a bit in Holland and have also been coaching at FC Zwolle in the Dutch second tier…
Yes, I play for a local side in Holland, but the level is very low – I play more for the beers after games than the football! The coaching is going well and I sometimes join in with mini games in training. We’ve done quite well in the league and it’s something I’m really enjoying.
You were, of course, involved in the greatest season in United’s history in 1998/99 – is that the