Legendary club captain Roy Keane has been named alongside Edwin van der Sar, Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy in the Rest of the World squad for the charity game on Sunday 27 May, while England will be able to call upon the services of Treble winner Teddy Sheringham.
All five are bound to receive a big welcome from the Old Trafford faithful and it will be a particularly special day for van der Sar and van Nistelrooy who will be returning for the first time since their respective departures in 2011 and 2006. The pair will be joined by fellow Dutchman Stam, who enjoyed a run-out on the pitch two years ago at the United Relief Live match which raised funds for the Manchester United Foundation, and Keane who still remains a huge hero of Reds fans.
Stam and Keane are likely to find themselves up against former team-mate Teddy Sheringham who helped England to Soccer Aid victory in 2008 at Wembley, but found himself on the losing side last time round at Old Trafford. Hollywood star Woody Harrelson netted the decisive spot-kick in a 7-6 penalty shoot-out victory for the Rest of the World in the 2010 Soccer Aid match. Harrelson is in this year’s squad and will be joined by fellow actors Will Ferrell, Mike Myers and Gerard Butler.
England, meanwhile, who will be captained by pop superstar Robbie Williams, have the experience of David Seaman and Jamie Redknapp in their squad, while celebrities Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold of JLS fame, Take That star Mark Owen, X Factor star and United fan Olly Murs and TV presenter Ben Shephard are also involved.
Funds raised from the match will go to UNICEF’s invaluable work helping children around the world and tickets are on sale now, from £20 for adults and