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United Relief Live at Old Trafford
Saturday 1 May, kick-off 15:30 BST

Manchester United XI to include:

1. Gary Walsh
2. Lee Martin
3. Denis Irwin
4. Andy Ritchie
5. Ronny Johnsen
6. Jaap Stam
7. Lee Sharpe
9. Andrew Cole
12. Brian McClair
14. Quinton Fortune
19. Dwight Yorke
20. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
22. Clayton Blackmore
29/04/2010 12:11, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Irwin ready for United Relief

One of the club's most decorated servants will lead a Reds XI out on Saturday at United Relief to take on a team of rivals players and fans...

So Denis, how much are you looking forward to playing alongside some old friends on Saturday?
It’ll be great to be back amongst the lads. I see Coley [Andy Cole] quite a bit because we both do work for the club together and I bump into Yorkie [Dwight Yorke] once a year on the golf course! I haven’t seen Jaap [Stam] since he left and it’s been a while since I last saw Ronny [Johnsen] and Quinton [Fortune] so it’ll be great to catch up.

And you’re captain for the day…
I know I can’t believe it! I’m not sure who nominated me, but it’s always great to captain a United side. The most important thing is we’re all here to support a great cause and hopefully everyone will have a really enjoyable day.

Do you expect there to be any nerves amongst the celebrities?
Nah, they should be okay. It’s a great opportunity for them to play on the hallowed turf, but the one thing the celebs on both teams will find out pretty quickly is just how big the Old Trafford pitch really is. It’s therefore important not to use up too much energy too soon.

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