United stars from the past 20 seasons, including Denis Irwin, Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, took to the pitch and rolled back the years to show flickers of the magic often seen on display at the Theatre of Dreams.
The team faced a Munich side, led by World Cup winner and former West Germany captain Paul Breitner, whose team included the likes of Van Bommel, Sergio and Zickler. The current Bayern Munich squad were also in attendance for an open training session, which was held in front of 70,000 fans before kick-off.
Following the match ex-Red Dwight Yorke said, “Even though the two clubs have rivalry in some ways it’s good to come to a special occasion to raise awareness, to raise funds and give opportunities to underprivileged kids. It’s all for a good cause and that’s why we all come out of retirement, put our boots on and play in these games.”
Earlier in the day the United legends made a trip to the Munich memorial site to remember the Busby Babes and pay their respects to passengers of the Munich air disaster in 1958. John Shiels, Manchester United Foundation chief executive said, “The Munich tragedy really defined the club. Our resilience and strength in the face of such adversity has always been one of our strongest characteristics. It was an emotional visit, and it really puts everything into perspective. I found it really moving and a very spiritual place.”