Taking place at Old Trafford on Saturday 21st May, Jaap Stam, Wes Brown, Louis Saha, Ronny Johnsen and Jesper Blomqvist will once again don the famous red shirt for the game. They will join Diego Forlan, Patrice Evra, Mikael Silvestre, John O’Shea and Karel Poborsky who were announced earlier this month, with many more former Reds still to be named. Bryan Robson will be taking charge of the squad alongside assistant manager Andrew Cole.
The match is the first of its kind since the Treble Reunion match of 2019 and promises to be an entertaining affair with famous names from English football’s two biggest teams going head-to-head.
Former defender Wes Brown has been a longstanding supporter of Foundation projects, assisting with many community initiatives and helping to support the families and young people during the pandemic. From delivering food parcels to stepping out on the hallowed turf of Old Trafford again, Wes is delighted to be back.
“I’ve been involved with the Foundation for many years now and I love visiting the schools, helping with their projects and just showing my support,” Wes said. “I know how important their work is, which is why I can’t wait to play again in the Legends of the North match. It’s a big match, against a big rival, so I would encourage all United fans to come along and get behind us, while also helping to raise important funds for the Foundation too.”
Wes’ potential central-defensive partner for the day, Jaap Stam, is another player from the famous Treble-winning squad looking forward to coming back to Manchester.
“Returning to Old Trafford is always special for me and this time will be no different,” the Dutchman said. “Everybody knows how important this fixture is to both sets of fans, so I’m sure it will be well-supported, which is exactly what we want to see with the money raised going towards supporting the Foundation.”
All five Reds have fond memories of playing against the men from Anfield, with Ronny and Wes both finding the net against them in 1998 and 2008 respectively, and Jaap, Louis and Jesper all featuring in memorable matches against our North West rivals.
For more information and tickets please visit www.manutd.com/legends. All proceeds from the Old Trafford match will go to Manchester United Foundation’s work with young people across Greater Manchester.
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