Monday 23 September 2019

Liverpool target Champions League glory on a very special date for their great rivals

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson gives the European Champions League Cup a big kiss in Barcelona
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson gives the European Champions League Cup a big kiss in Barcelona
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool will aim to secure European glory when they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday night and they will look to secure a sixth title in the competition on what is a very special day for their biggest rivals.

The date of May 26th has a special place in the folklore of Manchester United, as it marks the anniversary of their famous Champions League final win against Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp.

Ole Gunner Solskjaer's dramatic injury-time winner secured Alex Ferguson his first Champions League win back in 1999, as United became the first English team to complete the Treble in a season when they also won the Premier League and FA Cup.

Now Liverpool are looking to make May 26th a special date in their history, with Jurgen Klopp's men aiming to win the club's first Champions League trophy since 2005, yet one of the United heroes from 1999 is urging Real Madrid to halt their ambitions.

David Beckham took the corner that led to Solskjaer's winner against Bayern Munich in Barcelona 19 years ago and he is hoping his former club Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Kiev.

"To have been successful as a player and now to be successful as the boss, the big boss, is incredible," stated Beckham.

"I just want to wish Zizou, the boss, the president, the club good luck in the Champions League final. And beat Liverpool please!"

Beckham's former United team-mate Gary Neville has hinted he may leave the country for a few days to avoid the Liverpool celebrations if they win in Kiev, with former United captain Roy Keane also backing Real Madrid to win the final due to the presence of their star man Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Who do I think will win it? I think Real will win it," said Keane. "Why? Ronaldo. And there are some good support acts too. But I wouldn't begrudge Liverpool.

"I think Liverpool are playing some good stuff but in my opinion, Real would probably just edge it because of Ronaldo."

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