MANCHESTER UNITED 4
(Rooney 6, 43; Brown 9; Ronaldo 35)
EUROPE XI 3
(Malouda 23; Diouf 52, 88 (pen))
Tuesday 13 March 2007
United: Kuszczak (Heaton), Neville (O'Shea 45), Brown, Heinze, Richardson, Ronaldo (Eagles 45), Scholes, Giggs (Carrick 45), Park, Rooney (Andrew Cole 45), Smith (Dong, 72)
Europe XI: Canizares (Coupet 45), Zambrotta (Campo, 64), Ayala (Stefanovic 45), Materazzi (Christanval 45), Abidal (Kallstrom 45), Mancini (Gerrard 45), Pirlo (Stelios 45), Gattuso (Carragher 45), Malouda (Diouf 45), Ibrahimovic (Zenden 45), Larsson (Fowler, 64)
What's the best way to mark 50 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome and Manchester United's first steps into European football? Assembling a cast of first-rate footballing talent to produce a seven-goal thriller in front of a then-record Old Trafford friendly crowd definitely did the trick back in March 2007.
Although a knee injury prevented David Beckham pulling on his boots as planned, there was still penty of talent on the pitch thanks to Sir Alex's strong team selection and a Europe XI side featuring the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Henrik Larsson, Gennaro Gattuso and Zlatan Ibrahmiovic.
Inevitably, though, Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show thanks to an outrageous free-kick that was brilliant even by his lofty standards. Wayne Rooney (2) and Wes Brown grabbed United's other goals, while Florent Maloud and El Hadji-Diouf (2) netted for the Europe XI side.
But even though the scoreboad read United 4-3 Europe at the final whistle, the MU Foundation was the big winner, having raised more than £1.25million on the evening.