It was my dream to watch us play in the final in Barcalona. All fans had waited for this day for 14 years ever since we saw Norman Whiteside score the only goal in the 1985 FA cup final for 10-man United to beat Everton.
We got to final beating Inter and Juventus. (What a game ! ) Cracking game.... We finally reached the holy grail.
I had looked forward to the match for over a month and couldn't think of anything else for a week. Before 2000 Football match telecast was less in India and I hope for any channel to put the match up !
Finally the time came, the match was on ESPN 12.30 (am) in the morning here in India. My family isnt into football but they stayed up.
The match started, I had settled into my 'lucky seat', in my United (Giggs) shirt with some food , to start the most important 90 minutes of my life. The game began kinda OK, Giggs on the right and Beckham in the middle. I couldn't believe it! I have to admit I didn't agree with Alex Ferguson on this one. Then Basler scored, the remote dropped from my hands, I was shell shocked ! To sad to even speak. My heart said 'We will equalise' - I was trying to convince myself .....
I watched most of the rest of the match either praying or abusing German players or cheering the united players. At half time, I just aksed god for one goal. My family decided to go to sleep.
The second half began with no changes to the United line-up, I couldn't believe it. Surely we needed to shake it up a little. Nothing changed , United kept trying and United couldn't make it happen. Mehmet Scholl hit the post and Schmeichel saved a couple of shots, Jancker hit the bar! Was God saving United for something?
The dream was coming to an end, we would have to wait for another year before we even got a chance to reach here and god knows how tough it is to reach here.
PLEASE GOD? JUST ONE GOAL!
The clock turned to 90.00, United have a corner, surely they could scramble a goal. I was preying for a miracle. I don't think I remember how the goal was scored (though I have seen it millions of times.) BUT we had scored. I let out a short but loud yelp, UNITED!!!! Then IT happened, Solshaarrrrrrrrr!!!!!!! My tears soon turned to tears of joy. Absolutely unbelievable. What a bunch of fighters. No giving up for them. The only thing that gave up that night was my voice as I couldn't stop screaming (along with millions of other I'm sure) at the end. What a comeback . the celebrations through tears and sobs OF JOY.
Peter Schemichel didnt finish his Man United career by going up and lifting the trophy by himself. He did it with Fergie with the rest of the team behind them. What a night it was!!
We were the Champions of Europe again , yeah with a treble !