Man United legends and celebrity fans preview Soccer Aid at Old Trafford


“Stepping out at Old Trafford just always feels normal and it feels like home; it’s the greatest football stadium in the world, the Theatre of Dreams. I do always have that moment, from my debut to now, when I walk onto the pitch and take a moment or so to appreciate it. It’s my second home. I always think about Champions League nights whenever I go back there. There was something about them that was special, the atmosphere and everything, you dreamed about those nights and I had so many special ones.

“My advice to those who have never played at Old Trafford is just to enjoy it and relax. I’ve said to the lads in our team to just try to pass to feet, don’t go for the glory pass, you need to build your confidence so go for the simple passes to feet. That then gives you the platform to express yourself. Mistakes will happen, everyone will make them, including me, but you have to just try and relax and enjoy it.

“Of course we want to win and have fun, but the most important thing about the match is raising as much money as we can for Unicef and I know every pound donated is being turned into three by the Government so it’s a great opportunity to raise vital funds. United have worked with Unicef for many years so it’s a relationship I know a lot about and it’s a fantastic charity and the money will go to great causes. We all can’t wait for kick-off now.”


“The last few days have been amazing. Seeing United greats left, right and centre around the place is just awesome. Wayne’s here, Fletch, Mikael, Patrice, Robbo and Wes, they’re just great lads and we’ve loved hearing the stories about United. Just having their presence here is brilliant and let me tell you Wayne is ruthless as a manager. On the first day in training he was like ‘why are you doing that? Come on guys, get stuck in’… it was brilliant!

“I’m so desperate to score at Old Trafford. I’ve scored a couple of goals in training and nutmegged Gareth Barry – I did that for Giggsy because he, not Gareth, should have the most appearances in the Premier League! [Laughs] But I’ve had a shocker with trying to score at Old Trafford [in previous Soccer Aid games]. For me, though the most important thing is we win the game and we raise lots of money for Unicef. I’ve seen with my own eyes the great work that they do and the money really does change lives.


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