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Man United and Barcelona reveal stars to line up for Legends match at Old Trafford

Date Posted,June 6, 2017

Manchester United has revealed the first of its star-studded Legends line-up to face Barcelona at Old Trafford on September 2.

Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes, Denis Irwin and Dwight Yorke will be among the stars to face icons from the Catalan giants’ past.

Andy Cole, who will be assistant coach to Bryan Robson for the match, helped launch the match on Tuesday at a Manchester United Foundation Street Reds project in Salford.

South Africa’s Quinton Fortune joined him and will be in the midfield for the game, which will also feature Phil Neville, Ronny Johnsen, Louis Saha, Mikael Silvestre, Jesper Blomqvist and Dion Dublin.

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Andy Cole says he’s luck to be alive after ignoring a serious kidney condition (Photo: Manchester United)

Jose Mari Bakero will manage the Spaniards, who so far have included Gaizka Mendieta, who scored for the All-Stars in Michael Carrick’s testimonial on Sunday.

Eric Abidal, Miguel Angel Nadal, Gheorghe Popescu, Andoni Goikoetxea and Julio Salinas have also been confirmed for the match.

Braving some challenging weather on Tuesday, Cole said he’s looking forward to pulling the strings from the bench.

“I’ll be getting involved with the boys and the banter, but Robbo can take all the criticism,” joked Cole, who had a life-saving kidney transplant just two months ago.

Gaizka Mendieta (right), who scored for Michael Carrick’s All-Stars, will return to Old Trafford for Barcelona (Photo: REUTERS)

“I won’t be shouting at the players but I’ll be encouraging them and laughing with them. It will be a good day.

“We enjoy these games and we’ve had great turnouts from the fans as well. It’s usually a fun time for everyone, especially for the boys catching up with each other.”

The Legends format has proved a hit with suporters following Real Madrid’s visit in 2013 and Bayern Munich in 2015.

Combined, they raised more than £1.8 million for Manchester United Foundation.

The match will bethe return leg after the sides meet on June 30 at the Nou Camp.

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