While Manchester United were busy winning the treble in 1999, two of the club’s young prospects had their own turbulent experience of European football.
Danny Higginbotham and Ronnie Wallwork were the test subjects for a link with Royal Antwerp, which saw more than 30 players sent on loan over the next 15 years.
The arrangement was designed to be mutually beneficial. Some of United’s most promising talents were exposed to regular first-team action at a young age, aiding their development, while Antwerp had access to the fruits of one of the world’s most productive academies.
Read the full story of the relationship between Manchester United and Royal Antwerp here.
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