Wednesday, May 26, 1999 Published at 22:46 GMT 23:46 UK
Schmeichel goes out with a bang
Head over heels: Schmeichel waves goodbye to United after eight years
For Peter Schmeichel, Manchester United's victory over Bayern Munich in the European Cup final marked the end of an era.
For the Danish goalkeeper, who captained his side in the absence of the suspended Roy Keane, the match was the perfect finale.
"Of course you believe you have a chance until the final whistle goes and I never stopped beleiving we had a chance - although I admit, not much of one.
"But the late goals exemplified our team spirit. One thing I have learnt throughout my time at United is that we never give up and we proved that tonight."
Regained his form
Schmeichel announced in November that he was quitting United at the end of the season.
At the time few were surprised. He had made a poor start to the campaign and the club were rumoured to be interested in Aston Villa's Mark Bosnich.
Since Christmas, however, the Dane has been back to his best, helping United end the season unbeaten in 33 matches.
Manager Alex Ferguson paid tribute to Schmeichel, saying: "It is sad that he is leaving us but he could not go out in a better way.
"We wish him well - he's the greatest goalkeeper Manchester United have ever had."
Schmeichel's final act as a United player was to lift the European Cup.
"This is absolutely fantastic for me and I just feel on top of the world," he said.
"When I announced I was leaving at the end of the season I vowed to myself I would do all I could to help the club finish at the top - and you cannot get higher than this."
Schmeichel has not announced what his future plans are or where, if anywhere, he might be playing next year.
"I do not want to talk about other clubs now," he said. "Tonight is the night for Manchester United - Manchester United and champagne."