Player Ratings: Manchester United Legends 4-2 (7-5 agg) Bayern Munich All-stars

The Manchester United Legends faced Bayern Munich All-stars at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Last year, both teams faced each other at the Allianz Arena in Munich, drawing 3-3, with a winner needing to come forward at the Theatre of Dreams. United brought back many legends including Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Phil Neville, Jaap Stam, Louis Saha and Ji-Sung Park to name a few. Bayern Munich on the other hand brought back a few of their legends with Hans-Jorg Butt, Paul Brietner, Matthias Zimmermann, Daniel van Buyten, Michael Tarnat, Mark van Bommel, Roy Makaay, Giovane Elber, Michael Rummenigge and Alexander Zickler to name a few.

United were the eventual winners with goals from Louis Saha, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Jesper Blomqvist. Bayern Munich All-stars also found the back of the net twice through Alexander Zickler and Michael Tarnat, but that was all the German side could come up with. It was good to see Jaap Stam last 90 minutes today, he really looks the part right now, still doing what he did for United 14 hours or more ago. Sir Bobby Charlton presented Paul Scholes with the Legends trophy at the end of the match.

Here are the player ratings for the match:

Edwin van der Sar: The Dutch veteran goalkeeper last played two years ago and looked to turn back the time at Old Trafford today. Making saves like he was still playing competitive football and once again being that rock between the posts. Van der Sar had a great game and was replaced by compatriot Raimond van der Gouw on the 61st minute. 4/5

Phil Neville: The Class of 92 graduate was another player that turned back the time. Playing at right-back, Neville put in a shift, especially in the first half where both teams were lively. The former Manchester United coach did well during the 78 minutes he played which saw his side win the match at Old Trafford. Replaced by Lee Martin on the 78th minute. 3.5/5

Ronny Johnsen: Another treble winner on show at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday afternoon. Johnsen played for 40 minutes in the match, leaving the pitch after United took the lead for the second time, with Dwight Yorke scoring that goal, although Ji-Sung Park played his part in the goal. Johnsen, paired with Stam, played well during hin time on the pitch. Replaced on the 40th minute by Dion Dublin 3/5

Jaap Stam: The Dutchman was the only United player to last 90 minutes today. It looked like he was still playing at the top of his game at times. Stam was calm and composed and was there at the times he could be to thwart Bayern Munich’s All-stars from scoring anymore goals. Stam was my Man of the Match based on what he had done over the 90 minutes. He is a player that left the club before his time and to come back and play the way he has done, 14 years after he left the club is something that I admire. 4/5

Denis Irwin: In the starting XI, Mikael Silvestre was due to start at left-back, but Irwin took the starting role, lasting 40 minutes. The Irishman played well, turning back the clock at times on a career that saw him as one of the best full-backs at the club. Replaced on the 40th minute by Mikael Silvestre 3.5/5

Ji-Sung Park: Scored United’s second goal of the day, which was a bit of a tussle in the box with Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke. Played well during the first half, showing glimpses of what his time at United was like a few years ago. Whilst it does look like Yorke scored the second goal, Park had a part to play in it. The South Korean was replaced at the start of the second half by Karel Poborsky. 3.5/5

Paul Scholes: This man could still be playing competitive football today. He still has the moves, the passes and most importantly the footballing brain to help control the game and think of ways to get the better of the opposition. Scholes was firing his passes at pin-point accuracy for most of the match, trying to help his team-mates break Bayern down. Scholes has a shot on goal, his trademark thunderous shout from outside of the box, but he did not get his name on the scoresheet today. Replaced by Clayton Blackmore on the 78th minute. 4/5

Quinton Fortune: The former South African international started the match against Bayern Munich’s All-stars at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Playing in a three-man midfield, Fortune helped his side end the first half with a 3-2 lead, helping United control the midfield and keep Bayern at bay. Replaced by Ben Thornley on the 78th minute. 3.5/5

Dwight Yorke: The smiling assassin was back and smiling again. Yorke had his moments in the first half, but was unlucky not to find a goal, especially in the first 20 minutes. The former Trinidad and Tobago international looked like he still had a few matches in him the way he was playing. Partnering Cole and Saha in a 4-3-3 formation, the team still looked like it could devastate their opposition. Yorke was credited with the goal five minutes from the end of the first half, after a scramble in the box. Replaced by Russell Beardsmore on the 78th minute. 4/5

Andy Cole: The former United striker looked fit as a fiddle against Bayern Munich’s All-star side. Cole scored United’s third goal in the dying minutes of the first half, putting his side in the lead for the third time in the match. The former England international started the second half, but the play was starting to slow down, mainly down to tiredness. Replaced by Andy Ritchie on the 67th minute of the match. 4/5

Louis Saha: It was good to see the Frenchman back and playing at Old Trafford. Scored the first goal of the match, with what was actually a miss kick. Seemed to injure his calf and was replaced on the 17th minute of the match by Jesper Blomqvist. 3/5


Raimond van der Gouw: Made some great saves, two almost immediately after replacing his compatriot. The Dutchman still has the skills and reactions to be a goalkeeper. Replaced Edwin van der Sar on the 61st minute. Kept a clean sheet himself. 3.5/5

Mikael Silvestre: Originally the Frenchman was due to start, but Denis Irwin took the starting role. Played well for the time he was on the pitch. Got forward on occasion to help his team-mates win the match. Replaced Denis Irwin on the 40th minute. 3.5/5

Clayton Blackmore: Replaced Paul Scholes on the 78th minute. Did what he needed to whilst on the pitch. 2.5/5

Lee Martin: Replaced Phil Neville on the 78th minute. Played well during the time he was on the pitch. Did not really make an impact. 2.5/5

Karel Poborsky: Replaced Ji-Sung Park on the 46th minute, starting the second half, minus his long hair, but replaced that with a beard. Poborsky played well during the entire second half, putting on a show for the Old Trafford crowd. 3/5

Ben Thornley: Replaced Quinton Fortune on the 78th minute. Helped fortify the midfield with younger and fresher legs. Not really involved much. 2.5/5

Jesper Blomqvist: Replaced Louis Saha on the 17th minute of the match. Blomqvist, another treble winner turned back the time and showed his skills on the Old Trafford pitch once again. The Swedish midfielder got himself on the scoresheet in the 83rd minute of the match, securing the victory for the home side. 3.5/5

Russell Beardsmore: Replaced Dwight Yorke on the 78th minute. Did not really get involved in the match. 2.5/5

Dion Dublin: Replaced Ronny Johnsen on the 40th minute. Dublin played well for the time he was on the pitch and did not concede a goal during that time, which was good. Calm and composed partnering Stam in central defence. 3/5

Andy Ritchie: Replaced Andy Cole on the 67th minute. Could have scored within moments of entering the field of play, but his reaction was not quick enough and he could only watch the ball roll away. He was lively on the attack and did try to bag himself a goal, a few times. 3/5


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