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46-Year-Old Jaap Stam Shows He’s Still The Best Dutch Defender

Jose Mourinho and Reading manager Jaap Stam.

46-Yr-Previous Jaap Stam Exhibits He’s Nonetheless The Finest Dutch Defender

Jose Mourinho and Reading manager Jaap Stam.

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Previous Trafford obtained to rewind historical past for a bit because the legends who immortalized the 1999 treble obtained collectively for a reunion recreation to commemorate the 20 years that had handed because the dramatic night time at Camp Nou.

The occasion was a charity recreation with all of the proceeds going to the Manchester United basis in the direction of the care of specially-abled kids.

The sport was a splendid one which ended with the Pink Devils on high but once more, bettering the Bayern Munich legends with a 5-Zero scoreline. The encounter featured targets from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke, Louis Saha, Nicky Butt, and David Beckham.

The legends definitely lived as much as their title as they put forth a traditional Sir Alex Ferguson period efficiency. With disciplined formation, alert wingers, Scholes in midfield, and selfless forwards, Previous Trafford witnessed glory but once more, a feat that they’ve been missing over time.


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The facet’s defensive duo of Jaap Stam and Ronny Johnsen put up spirited shows. Stam, specifically, didn’t appear to take the sport flippantly and was fiercely aggressive. One broadly circulated clip has him taking over the Bayern gamers whereas in possession, a feat of defending that United followers haven’t seen in ages.



After the sport, Solskjaer jokingly stated: “Jaap and Ronnie. We might do with them two on the again!”

A lot to the dismay of the United supporters, their Norwegian gaffer isn’t far off from the reality. The membership’s defensive performances have been at their absolute worst the previous season and the truth that gamers properly over 40 have been capable of higher the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling of their tribute show is a matter to reckon over.

Additional, many supporters additionally quipped as to how Jaap Stam was the best Dutch defender within the historical past of the sport. This was a transparent nod to Matthijs de Ligt, who regardless of being nice for his age, nonetheless has lots to study in an effort to play on the stage of Stam.