There will be a host of famous club names on show when Manchester United Legends take on Liverpool Legends on the 21st May, and none more so than Dwight Yorke.
Signed in 1998, Yorke became an instant hit at the Theatre of Dreams as his goals helped fire Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to a unique Treble – a goalscoring haul that included two against our Merseyside opponents.
“I can’t wait for this game, there was just something different about playing against Liverpool, it’s the fixture that you look for as a United player,” Dwight said.
“I think the competitive edge will always be there, the lads will turn up full of spirit having the opportunity to play at Old Trafford again – it never seems to get old, every time you turn up you still feel that buzz when you put on the shirt.”
Of the two goals Dwight scored against Liverpool in that famous 1998/99 season, the most memorable was his equaliser in the eventual 2-1 win in the FA Cup fourth round, which led to some incredible scenes at Old Trafford.
“I remember the celebrations and it was just manic,” the forward recalled. “I’ve never heard the stadium that loud, and I’ve had many fantastic nights at Old Trafford, but the atmosphere that particular day was incredible.
“We were all over them, but somehow couldn’t get the ball in the net, until the dying minutes when I scored the equaliser. Then Ole stepped up and scored the vital goal that saw us through, which of course snow-balled us into winning the Treble.
“The celebrations were just unbelievable and you could feel the energy from the crowd – I don’t think I’ve ever felt anything like it before.”
It’s these kind of moments that are fuelling the excitement ahead of the Legends of the North match, with both sides determined to put on a show and come away with the spoils. But of course, the game’s primary purpose is to raise vital funds for the Foundation’s community projects, a point that Dwight was keen to point out
“These matches always help to raise a lot of money, so I know how important they are to the Foundation. It’s great for us as former players to be able to come back, but also to give back – helping out with these kind of things.
“The Foundation is a very important part of Manchester United, so that’s the reason I’ll be putting on my boots again. I’m proud to support them and the good work they do – this is my little contribution to it.”
All proceeds from the Old Trafford match will go to Manchester United Foundation’s work with young people across Greater Manchester. Supporters wishing to attend the game can find more information and purchase tickets here.