May: Why I partied like it was 1999
For those supporters lucky enough to be at the Nou Camp in 1999, David May's celebrations long after the final whistle are bound to stick in the memory.
The defender, a substitute on the night the Reds completed the Treble in incredible circumstances, acted like a conductor to the vast ranks of United fans behind the goal, where Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had instigated the late turnaround against Bayern Munich.
Aside from a chance to roar the sight of Paul Scholes and Roy Keane, in their club suits after sitting the final out due to suspension, lifting the European Cup aloft, May helped generate a real party atmosphere, including urging everybody to follow the lyrics to the chorus of James's 'Sit Down' as it belted out of the tannoy!
“I've had a little bit of stick about it,” revealed May.
“Not from United fans but supporters of other clubs as I never played in the Champions League that year.
”I had injuries throughout the season so I missed most of it but the way I look at it is I was a fan that night as well. I was on the bench but just one of the fans in the crowd and I wanted to enjoy it as much as I could because it might never come around again.
“You celebrate. It's a team game and you do what most fans would do, you go mental! It was just a shame ITV, at the time, never kept the cameras running because so much of the celebration was missed. It's a pity because God knows how long we were on the pitch after the game. It was a long time and the celebrations were brilliant really.
“I say it all the time but we've got the best fans in the world. We really have. At times, they become the 12th man to get you over the line. They really do - I'm not just saying that. They are the best - you hear them at every single game, particularly away from home with the hard core. We had about 70 per cent of the stadium that night and from the first minute to the last, they never stopped.
”You're there for the moment and I was there at that moment. I enjoyed it and loved it. You know what? I probably wouldn't change anything. It was the best day of my career. It was something that has never been done before and never been done since. That's how hard it was. We had an unbelievable squad and unbelievable players and an unbelievable manager. It was something I just hope never happens again because it's history.
“We created history that night and nobody has ever done the same thing since.”
May will be donning his boots again for the Treble Reunion match against Bayern on Sunday (kick-off 15:00 BST), with tickets still available to buy for the game.
It will bring back more fond memories for the former Reds defender, who certainly prolonged the celebrations after leaving the Nou Camp on that glorious night.
“We had a great party at the Arts Hotel in Barcelona just after the game,” he recalled.
“We didn't get back there until maybe 1am or 2am, but we partied like it was 1999! We really did! Then, you're on the top of a bus going down Deansgate with over one million people cheering you on everywhere. It probably still doesn't sink in then but they are memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
Tickets for the Treble Reunion match, in aid of the Manchester United Foundation, are available to buy online or by calling 0161 868 800.
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