7 ex-Man Utd stars named for Liverpool legends game

The first set of former Manchester United stars have been named for their legends match against Liverpool at Old Trafford in May.

Legends from both clubs will take to the pitch on May 21, with the winner set to be crowned as ‘Legends of the North’.

All profits from the match will go to the club’s official charity, the Manchester United Foundation, in order to aid their work with vulnerable young people.

The United legends side will be managed by former midfielder Bryan Robson, whilst treble-winning striker Andy Cole will be in the dugout as his assistant, but who are the other players named so far?

Diego Forlan

Manchester United's Diego Forlan celebrates after equalising against Fulham to make it 1 all during their Barclaycard Premiereship clash at Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain, 25 October 2003.
Diego Forlan enjoyed success in Spain after leaving Manchester United

Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan spent two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford between 2002 and 2004, scoring 17 times in 97 appearances for United.

Forlan starred in Spain for Villarreal and Atletico Madrid after leaving United, winning the Europa League in 2011 with the latter.

He went on to have spells in Italy, Brazil, Japan, Uruguay, India and Hong Kong before retiring in 2019 at the age of 40.

Since retiring, Forlan has begun a career in management, spending eight months in charge of Penarol before a stint as manager of CA Atenas.

Patrice Evra

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Patrice Evra won five league titles during his eight years at Manchester United


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Patrice Evra won five league titles and the Champions League during his eight seasons with Manchester United after joining from Monaco in 2006.

After leaving, he won three consecutive league titles in Italy with Juventus before a short spell in France with Marseille.

His time with Marseille came to a premature end after he kicked a fan in the head during an altercation with the club’s supporters.

Evra had a brief stint at West Ham United in 2018 before retiring in 2019 after a year without a club, going on to work as a pundit.

John O’Shea

John O'Shea of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on August 16, 2010 in Manchester, England
John O’Shea went on to play for Sunderland and Reading after leaving Manchester United

Another five-time Premier League champion with United, John O’Shea progressed through the Red Devils’ academy after arriving at the club from Ireland.

The versatile defender made 394 appearances for the club before departing in 2011 to join Sunderland.

O’Shea spent seven years with the Black Cats, but was unable to save the club from back-to-back relegations in 2017 and 2018 as they fell into League One.

He then moved on to Reading, before retiring in 2019 aged 38 and has since spent time as an assistant manager for both the Royals and the Irish national team.

Mikael Silvestre

Mikael Silvestre
Mikael Silvestre made the rare switch from Manchester United to Arsenal in 2008

Mikael Silvestre made the rare switch to Arsenal from Manchester United when he left Old Trafford in 2008 after nine years with the club.

He would stay in north London for two years before heading to Germany to sign for Werder Bremen.

Spells in the USA and India would follow with the Portland Timbers and Chennaiyin, respectively, before the Frenchman retired from playing in 2015 aged 37.

Following his retirement, Silvestre spent just under 18 months as sporting director at former side Stade Rennais before leaving the role in December 2016.

Karel Poborsky

Karel Poborsky
Karel Poborsky has ditched his iconic long locks since retiring

United signed Czech winger Karel Poborsky from Slavia Prague following his impressive displays at Euro 1996 and he spent two years with the club.

He won one league title before moving to Benfica in 1998, where he remained for the next three years.

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Ex-Man Utd star Karel Poborsky looks completely unrecognisable now after cutting off his long hair

Following a season and a half in Italy with Lazio, Poborsky returned to his native Czech Republic for spells with Sparta Prague and Ceske Budejovice.

Since retiring in 2007 at the age of 35, Poborsky has ditched his iconic long locks for a shorter haircut, looking almost unrecognisable from his playing days.

Bryan Robson

Bryan Robson
Bryan Robson will manage the Manchester United legends in May

Robson spent 12 years as the club’s captain having first taken the armband a year after signing from boyhood club West Bromwich Albion in 1981.

He left the club in 1994 after winning two league titles, the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup, joining Middlesbrough as player-manager.

His playing role came to an end in 1998 as he hung up his boots, but Robson remained in the dugout until 2001.

He has since managed Bradford City, West Brom, Sheffield United and the Thailand national team, his last management role, and has worked as a United club ambassador since 2012.

Andy Cole

Andy Cole
Andy Cole enjoyed a nomadic career after leaving Manchester United

Legends assistant manager Cole won five league titles, the Champions League and one FA Cup during his seven years at United.

He went on a nomadic journey after leaving the club in 2002, firstly joining Blackburn Rovers before spending a season at Fulham in 2004/05.

Cole went on to feature for United’s rivals Manchester City, Portsmouth, Birmingham City, Sunderland, Burnley and Nottingham Forest.

He retired in 2008 aged 37 and has since had several coaching roles, including as a youth coach at United, with his last job as assistant manager at Southend United.

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