Treble Icons: Jesper Blomqvist
Trebles can only be won with incredible squad depth and, in Jesper Blomqvist, Sir Alex Ferguson boasted a top-class option to Ryan Giggs and David Beckham on the flanks – one that would ultimately prove crucial to Manchester United’s historic 1998/99 season.
Jesper recalls a stressful build-up to the game, with Ferguson having told him three weeks before the match that he would be starting, due to the suspensions of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes.
Due to injuries in the weeks leading up to the match, Blomqvist was not able to play much, which left him feeling nervous as the big night approached.
“I should have been enjoying the occasion,” he revealed in Glory Glory! Man United in the ’90s: the Players’ Stories.
“My parents had flown to Spain on Concorde, but I was not relaxed because I felt too much pressure. I didn’t sleep very well the night before.
“I don't remember much,”Blomqvist later revealed.
“It was high tension. Afterwards it was joy. I lost my medal on the pitch jumping around and I had to start looking for it. I was scared but I found it in the end!”
“offered much-needed balance”, particularly in the absence of Giggs – whose injury woes during the final months of the preceding season had cost United the title, according to Ferguson.
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“The Treble was a seeming impossibility that became a reality but, looking back, I am sure that it would have remained just a plain impossibility had we not shaken off commercial caution and bought Stam, Yorke and Blomqvist.”