19/08/2009 12:25,

Help bring World Cup to OT

How would you like to see the best national teams in the world run out at Old Trafford?

In 1966, the stadium played host to three games in the World Cup finals. And more international football could be heading to Manchester should England be awarded the 2018 World Cup.

You can play your part by getting behind England's bid (and, subsequently, Manchester's bid to be part of that) at United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has done just that and believes World Cup football in Manchester would be "perfect".

"Nothing beats the atmosphere at a World Cup, with fans from all over the world coming to one place to celebrate and enjoy football," he says. "No city is better placed to welcome them than Manchester. 

"A diverse population which loves its football and a city that is known the world over because of its record in the game – it's the perfect combination."

It's a sentiment echoed by former Reds and England captain Bryan Robson.

"To host World Cup matches in Manchester would be amazing. We have some of the most passionate and knowledgeable fans anywhere in the world and you would struggle to find a more welcoming city for any supporter from any country.

"It's impossible to think of an English World Cup without games in one of the most famous footballing cities in the world."

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