& # 39; What am I doing here? It might be better to stay in the Netherlands & # 39 ;: Manchester United Treble winner Jaap Stam reveals a difficult start to life at Old Trafford after PSV action for a lot of money
- Stam joined PSV for £ 10m, a then world record prize for a defender
- Manchester United made a slow start to the campaign and lost Arsenal 3-0 twice
- The Holland defender developed into an important part of United & # 39; s treble winning team
Jaap Stam talked about his difficult start in his career in Manchester United after his then world record set for a defender.
The Holland defender was signed in 1998 by PSV Eindhoven for £ 10 million by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Stam had helped PSV cancel the Eredivisie title, and he was also named VVCS footballer of the year, but he admitted that it was still frightening to go to the star-studded locker room of Old Trafford.
Jaap Stam was signed in 1998 by PSV Eindhoven for £ 10 million by Sir Alex Ferguson
He told talkSPORT: & # 39; How tall I was in the Netherlands when how small I came to United. I mean, you join people like (Roy) Keane, (Peter) Schmeichel, (Paul) Scholes and (Ryan) Giggs and although they weren't that old in age, but they were still very experienced players.
& # 39; Everyone in England knew them as top class, world class players and as a Dutch boy from the Netherlands and you participate in a large team, most players didn't even know me when I joined United, so you have to start from the beginning one more time. & # 39;
Manchester United made a slow start to the treble-winning campaign in 1998/99 with two 3-0 defeats of Arsenal in the Charity Shield and the Premier League.
He added: & # 39; It was a big shock to me because they first paid a lot of money for you and you are & # 39; the world's most expensive defender, so that puts a lot of pressure on you and for me you read a lot of newspapers, listen to the radio, sometimes you watch television and you see your face passing by with all & # 39; beautiful & # 39; quotes. & # 39;
Stam had a difficult start, but he developed into an important part of United & # 39; s treble winning team
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