Van der Gouw: Treble spirit still going strong
Today (March 24) is former Manchester United goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw's 57th birthday, and the Dutchman has spoken to us exclusively for a new edition of our long-read series UTD Unscripted.
“I think, if you look at the Treble Reunion game we had against Bayern Munich’s Legends last summer, you can see everything you need to know about that era at Old Trafford,”explained the goalkeeper.
“It was 20 years after we won the Treble but, if you look at the game, how we played, how the players were, it’s still the same. The same clique. The same group. We’re just 20 years older.
“When we all came back, everyone had a big smile on their face. You’re talking about things that happened in the past, and all the stories come out that are so good, so nice to relive. You can see that everybody really appreciated that we were all together, that it was a really special occasion, and everybody made the effort to be there.
“I’ve played quite a few Legends games in the past, but at this one, even David Beckham was there. I had a feeling that David enjoyed it as well! He was looking for a goal, searching for it, fighting for it, and he was so happy when he finally got it.”
“Every part of that game – playing, spending time with the boys and the staff, interacting with the fans – was just amazing,”he reflects.
“I loved being a part of it. It took me right back to the season that was probably the highlight of my six years at United; a period which was one of the best times of my life.”