"[Puffing out his cheeks] It was so long ago!" he joked. "I was still a young boy and the Ajax team had a lot of young players. I think you could compare it with the 1999 Champions League title that United won.
"There were a lot of home-grown players, friends who'd grown up together in the youth team and then progressed into the first-team. We had one or two foreign guys, but it was mainly Dutch players in a team that was brought together by a great manager, Louis van Gaal. Everything came together and the players really gelled during that period and it was a great feeling to win the Champions League title.
"It was a lot like United a few years after that, we were a bit unfortunate not to add a second European title to the one in 1995. In those situations you want to stamp your authority on that particular era, but it was only one year. It's a difficult trophy to win, so if you win it more than once you've done well."