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Jaap at Old Trafford - the first and last...

4 January 2017

Stam's Old Trafford beginning and end

Jaap Stam won the treble as a player with Manchester United and his name is still sung on the stands at Old Trafford. On Saturday, he returns to his first home away from Holland as Royals boss to fight for progression in a competition he won in his first season under Sir Alex at United.

The first | An Old Trafford debut
Jaap's first game at Old Trafford came on 12th August 1998 against LKS Lodz in the Champions League.

On a Wednesday night in Manchester, around 55,000 watched Ferguson's side seal a 2-0 victory and Stam - who had made his United bow in a Charity Shield defeat to Arsenal only days earlier - had kept the first of many clean sheets for his new side.

Ryan Giggs' 16th minute opener was followed by an 81st minute finish from Andy Cole and the second leg ended goalless - again thanks to a defence marshalled by Stam - to ensure United would progress.

The reward for beating the Polish champions over two legs was a mouthwatering group stage in the competition, featuring Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The last game he played that season also came in that same competition...perhaps people remember a last minute 2-1 win over Bayern Munich that May?

United vs LKS Lodz: Schmeichel, Neville, Irwin, Johnsen, Stam, Keane, Butt Scholes, Beckham, Giggs, Cole.

The last | An Old Trafford end

In the summer of 2001, Stam left for Lazio but he played one league match for Manchester United before he bid farewell to Old Trafford.

Again, he had featured in a Charity Shield encounter against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium and was able to help Holland keep a clean sheet against England at White Hart Lane soon after.

But his last Premier League game for United came at home to Fulham on Sunday 19th August 2001 and he was part of a winning side that afternoon.

Stam, pictured below in the background behind a Veron challenge, played alongside former Royal Luke Chadwick that afternoon - who came off the bench in the five goal thriller.

Louis Saha struck twice for the Cottagers to twice hand the visitors the lead, but United characteristically bounced back with goals from David Beckham and a Ruud Van Nistelrooy brace to win 3-2.

United vs Fulham: Barthez, G Neville, Irwin, Stam, Silvestre, P Neville, Veron, Scholes, Beckham, Giggs, Van Nistelrooy.

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