RECAP: Manchester United Legends vs. Liverpool Dimitar Berbatov scores as Manchester United loses 2-1.
Today, Manchester United Legends take on Liverpool at Anfield, and we’ll have live updates throughout the game on our dedicated blog.
Manchester United’s Legends will seek retribution this afternoon when they travel to Anfield to play Liverpool in the second leg of the ‘Legends of the North’ charity match.
United lost the first leg of this match 3-1 at Old Trafford in May and will need a strong showing to overcome that deficit. The previous match raised more than £1.3 million for the Manchester United Foundation, which works to improve the lives of young people in Manchester and the northwest.
United’s previous manager was a legendary midfielder, Bryan Robson. However, for the journey to Merseyside, ex-Reds striker Andy Ritchie will take charge, aided by Andy Cole.
Dimitar Berbatov, who scored the Reds’ sole goal last time out, and Antonio Valencia also return. There will also be several debutants for United, including Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, and Roy Keane, who was announced today.
Kenny Dalglish is the manager of Liverpool, and his assistants are Ian Rush and John Aldridge. Xabi Alonso, Glen Johnson, and Robbie Keane will all make their Liverpool Legends debuts.
THE FIRST HALF
United Legends dominated the first half, with Berbatov receiving an early sight of goal only to scuff his shot onto the floor.
But the Bulgarian didn’t have to wait long for another chance, and he took advantage of it by firing an exquisite volley beyond Jerzy Dudek and into the far corner.
After falling behind, the hosts reacted brilliantly and were almost level when Maxi Rodriguez broke in behind the United defense, only to have his close-range attacker blocked by Raimond van der Gouw.
The rest of the first quarter was equally matched, with both teams having chances, including a low Karel Poborsky shot that whistled wide of Dudek’s goal and an acrobatic effort by Rodriguez that fell short.
THE SECOND HALF
Sir Kenny Dalglish made eight changes to his team at the start of the second period, and these adjustments had an instant impact.
Gonzalez, who scored twice in the first leg of the Legends of the North at Old Trafford, was on hand to slot in Robbie Keane’s cross to draw Liverpool level, before van der Gouw was pushed into a brilliant reflex save to deny Keane the lead.
As the half progressed, Liverpool continued to press for a second goal, and Keane found himself in space in the area again, this time shooting wide.