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Manchester United squad confirmed for Legends of the North game against Liverpool at Old Trafford

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 3 days ago James Findlater
Dwight Yorke and Gary Neville are among the star-studded line-up for the Legends of the North match © Getty Images Dwight Yorke and Gary Neville are among the star-studded line-up for the Legends of the North match

Old Trafford is set for a star-studded afternoon next weekend as a number of Manchester United legends return to take on their Liverpool counterparts.

United face off against their old rivals in the Legends of the North match, with a host of big names confirmed for the game. Legendary captain Bryan Robson will lead the side as manager, with the former midfielder facing a tough task to pick a side from the wealth of options at his disposal.

Raimond van der Gouw, who was part of the 1999 treble-winning side, returns in goal, and will have some of his former team-mates to rely upon in front of him in defence. Wes Brown, Ronny Johnsen, Gary Neville, Mikael Silvestre and Jaap Stam all feature in the squad.

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Former United captains Patrice Evra and Antonio Valencia join them, as does John O’Shea. The former Republic of Ireland international knows all about scoring Liverpool, and he’ll be aiming to get himself on the scoresheet once again next weekend.

Midfield sees a return for Class of 92 legends Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, while Jesper Blomqvist, Karel Poborsky and Quinton Fortune will also be vying for places in the side. And there’s plenty of options in attack for Robson to call upon.

Dimitar Berbatov, Diego Forlan, Louis Saha and Dwight Yorke will all hope to grace the Old Trafford turf once again. Robson will have some attacking nous guiding him as well on the sidelines, with Andy Cole acting as his assistant.

All proceeds from the game will go towards the Manchester United Foundation to aid their work with young people across Greater Manchester. As well as playing at Old Trafford, a return leg is set to follow on Merseyside at a later date.

Speaking about the match, Robson told the club’s website : “It’s always exciting playing against Liverpool; even in legends games that rivalry is still there. But, it is also about raising money for Manchester United Foundation, which really helps to encourage and educate young people in communities across Greater Manchester.”

Manchester United’s Legends of the North squad: Raimond van der Gouw; Wes Brown, Patrice Evra, Ronny Johnsen, Gary Neville, John O’Shea, Mikael Silvestre, Jaap Stam, Antonio Valencia; Jesper Blomqvist, Nicky Butt, Quinton Fortune, Karel Poborsky, Paul Scholes; Dimitar Berbatov, Diego Forlan, Louis Saha, Dwight Yorke.

Manager: Bryan Robson. Assistant manager: Andy Cole.

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