Last week Manchester United announced some of the former Red Devils that would play Real Madrid’s legends at Old Trafford on Sunday 2nd June 2013. Last years match at the Santiago Bernabéu ended with Real Madrid’s legends winning 3-2, which saw Lee Sharpe and Teddy Sheringham score for United with Fernando Morientes, Luis Figo and Fernando Redondo scoring for the home side. It was great to see former United players Edwin van der Sar, Lee Martin, Denis Irwin, Quinton Fortune, Ronny Johnsen, Dion Dublin, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Lee Sharpe, Jesper Blomqvist and Dwight Yorke start the match.
Real Madrid fielded a starting eleven which consisted of Francisco Buyo, Chendo, Roberto Carlos, Fernando Hierro, Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo, Zinedine Zidane, Fernando Redondo, Emilio Butragueño, Fernando Morientes, Rafael Martin Vazquez and Luis Figo. This team had some greats and still some had a bit of skill during the match.
This years legends match will be held at Old Trafford with all proceeds going to the Manchester United Foundation, who change live through football. It will certainly be a great day at Old Trafford, if not only to seem some of our former players who we all supported through thick and thin.
Bryan ‘Captain Marvel’ Robson will be managing the Manchester United legends side, of which some of his team have been announced. Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Denis Irwin, Lee Sharpe, Dion Dublin ans Quinton Fortune were announced from the offset. A few days later the like of Teddy Sheringham, Nicky Butt, Jaap Stam and Edwin van der Sar were added to the side. Obviously there will be more names added to the side in due course as we don’t expect them all to play the full match.
Real Madrid will be represented by Fernando Hierro, Fernando Redondo, Steve McManaman, Jose Amavisca, Alfonso, Emilio Butragueño, Pedro Contreras, Manolo Sanchis, Christian Karembeu and Ivan Helguera. Today Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo were confirmed, obviously with more to be announced in due course.
The event will be called Red Heart United and will be a day of fun for all the family with various entertainment in and around Old Trafford on the day. The will be an opening ceremony on the pitch, followed by a concert. There will also be a chance to play games from each country and try both Spanish and English food. It sounds like it will be a good day.
United legends manager Bryan Robson said:
“The game is certainly going to be a crowd pleaser. Judging by the players that Real Madrid are bringing to Old Trafford, I’d say they are taking it very seriously, but so are we!
“They narrowly beat us last year and we are all determined to make a comeback at Old Trafford but, above all else, we want to put on a great show for all the fans. The work the Manchester United Foundation does in the community is really important to us and it’ll be a great day to raise funds and highlight its achievements.”
Edwin van der Sar, who holds the record of 1,311 minutes without conceding a goal in the Barclays Premier League, will also represent United once again at Old Trafford. He said:
“I was lucky to enjoy an incredible career and finish on a high with Manchester United. Of course, I have missed playing football and I’m really looking forward to returning to Old Trafford.
“Nothing can replicate the feeling of competing in front of a home crowd against a quality opposition like Real Madrid and to do it for charity makes it more special. In my time at United, I visited some of the Foundation’s projects and I know the money raised from this game will really help to make a difference.”
As I said before the Manchester United Foundation will be given the proceeds from the event which will help them fund projects which will assist disadvantaged people in the Greater Manchester area. The tickets are on sale here. There were around 65,000 in the Santiago Bernabéu last year, hopefully Old Trafford will attract a similar amount of people. I have booked my tickets, have you?
Here are the highlights from the match last year:
By Paul Bienkowski