A host of familiar faces took to the field for the match with the likes of Jaap Stam, Ronny Johnsen, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke back in the red shirt once more. They were joined by celebrity United fans Ronan Keating, X Factor runner-up Olly Murs and Max Beesley to take on a team made up of rival ex-players and fans, including Ian Rush, Peter Beardsley and comedian (and City fan) Jason Manford.
An entertaining first half was dominated by United who were thwarted by a superb display from Dave Beasant in the Rivals’ goal. The former Chelsea stopper made a host of fine saves, the pick of which was a one-handed stop from point-black range from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who looked sharp throughout.
Having withstood United’s first half pressure, the Rivals began the second half with a renewed vigour and took the lead almost immediately through United fan Ralf Little who prodded the ball past Reds’ goalkeeper, er, Clayton Blackmore!
Ugo Ehiogu doubled the lead a few minutes later after bundling Rushden's cross over the line, but it wasn't long before the former Aston Villa defender scored at the wrong end when he planted a header past Beasant. United made it 2-2 thanks to an injury-time penalty from Quinton Fortune meaning the game would be decided by a shoot-out.