The Dutch defender’s stay in England was short but sweet, as he made a great impression during his three years and 79 league appearances for United.
He won three Premier League titles, a consecutive trio between 1999 and 2001, and also lifted the FA Cup in ’99 and the Champions League in the same year. At the beginning of the next season, he helped the Red Devils to the 1999 Intercontinental Cup, capping an awesome—but brief—spell at Old Trafford.
However, after a fall out with Sir Alex Ferguson, Stam was on his way, moving first to Lazio, then onto AC Milan, before ending his career at Ajax.
While he would go on to win further honours, he never truly reached the heights he enjoyed at United, and would return to the club as a scout before embarking on his coaching career in his homeland.
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However, speaking to the Daily Mirror, Stam has admitted that he is keen on a return to England:
Coming back to England and seeing Ronald (Koeman) at Southampton has really opened my heart again. Football in England is booming. The Premier League is the best league in the world and the facilities for coaches and managers are fantastic. As soon as I get the opportunity to work in England, I will go for it. There has been some interest already, but that’s all I can say. Of course, I still have to prove myself at the top level. Not every great player becomes a great coach. I never thought (as a player) I would become a football manager. But after retiring, coaching did appeal to me. And now I am ready to get a job with a club on my own.