United Legends react to memorable day
Patrice Evra, Quinton Fortune and Louis Saha shared their pride in being part of the first Legends of the North fixture, and raising more than £1.3 million for Manchester United Foundation.
Liverpool Legends ran out 3-1 victors, after Luis Garcia scored and Mark Gonzalez got a brace. Dimitar Berbatov scored a penalty for United Legends, but that ended up being the only goal for Bryan Robson's side on the day.
Evra displayed the same energy he was renowned for during his playing days, producing some driving runs down the United left.
Reacting to the match, he said: “When you show up, you have to show up in a good condition, good health, especially it was like for the Manchester United Foundation. But when you wear that jersey, you have to give everything no matter if you play or if you are not playing anymore.
”But, [I feel] mixed emotion because I always feel happy, but also sad because all connected and all the fans still want to play. It’s just amazing. I feel grateful to be here and unfortunately, we didn’t win against Liverpool, but we’ve got the second leg in Anfield.”
All proceeds from the match will go to Manchester United Foundation, and over £1.3 million was raised on the day. On hearing how much had been donated, Evra said that charity was in the club's ethos.
“Wow! That’s what I mean. I’m not surprised," he said. "United is not just a football club. United always make you to be a better person, a sharing person, you know like when we were doing those pre-season and after training we have to go to all those charities, see people.
"That’s what I mean with United, I’m not surprised, and that’s why we have to keep going. I think all those players when they are here they have to understand that. You’re not just here playing football, you need to represent the club, you need to help other people. It is work ethic. The work ethic is really important.”
Former Red Quinton Fortune turned 45 today, and shared his delight at being able to play at Old Trafford on his birthday.
“It was very nice," he said. "My kids got to see me play which was nice. It’s great work for the Foundation, the turnout here was amazing, the fans. We want to thank them because they make it all worthwhile. See the old boys, playing against Liverpool, I really enjoyed it.”
Unfortunately, ex-United striker Louis Saha had to leave the action within the first 15 minutes due to injury. Despite his woes, the Frenchman revealed his intention to play again in the second leg in September.
He said: “It’s all okay. I was frustrated because it was a good game to play, a lot of great talents to play with and play against. It wasn’t my day, but I think we have the second game, I’m looking forward to it big time.”