Denis Irwin is eagerly anticipating meeting up with his fellow Manchester United Legends ahead of the weekend encounter with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
The Irishman expects a grand occasion on Saturday and is determined to prove he still has the fitness, at the age of 48, for such fixtures.
"It’s good for a number of reasons," he explained, when asked about the format. "Firstly, it’s for charity, so we play Bayern over there this year and they come to Old Trafford next year. But also it’s great to meet up with the lads – we often only see each other once a year, and sometimes not even that. We’ll catch up on each other’s stories and see where we are in life, so there’s a good camaraderie.
"You can never take the competitive nature away from footballers. We’ve played Real Madrid twice and they were competitive games, even though the average age of their squad was younger than ours – that mentality never changes. But they were played in good spirit as well, so it’s a great day to be involved in."
Bayern will feature a number of stars from their past while Bryan Robson's squad includes Paul Scholes and Tomasz Kuszczak.
"The game itself will be really good to play in," said Irwin. "I’m getting a bit older but I can still run around a bit. My fitness is okay. I went to the gym quite a few times while on tour with United. We’ve got a really strong squad this time around, with a couple of younger players who have come into the fold as well.
"I am a trustee of the MU Foundation and I know how much work we do in the local community. Bayern are exactly the same. The main reason we’re playing is to raise some money and the reverse fixture at Old Trafford next year will be great as well. We had great crowds both home and away against Real Madrid, we’ve got a full house at Bayern and hopefully next year, when they come to our place, it’ll be the same because the main aim is to raise some money."
An opportunity to play at Bayern's impressive stadium is one not to be missed and Irwin was, of course, part of the team