By Tim Saunders on
The game – which featured United players such as Dwight Yorke and Jaap Stam, as well as stars such as Tinchy Stryder, Ricky Whittle and Olly Murs – was part of the United Relief Live: The Big Red Day Out event in aid of Sport Relief and the Manchester United Foundation.
With performances by Tinchy Stryder, The Saturdays and Tony Christie, the game attracted over 30,000 people.
“Charity is the most important part of the day, and it’s a tribute to the foundation which put this show on the road,” said United manager Alex Ferguson. “Charities exist because of the people who support them, and that’s why I always applaud people who take part.”
According to the Manchester United Foundation’s website, the charity “aims to use the passion for Manchester United to educate, motivate and inspire young people to build a better life for themselves and improve the communities they live in. The Foundation delivers football coaching, skills training, personal development and life changing experiences, providing young people with opportunities to change their lives for the better. Through football, we encourage young people to develop as players and more importantly as people.”
The full-time score was locked up at 2-2 until Stryder’s team won a penalty shoot out.
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