Keane to make first return for Man Utd in legends’ charity match vs Liverpool

ROY KEANE will return for Manchester United in a legends’ charity match against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Irishman, 51, joins the likes of Jaap Stam, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov on the Red Devils‘ team.


Keane is set to return for Man Utd in a legends matchCredit: Getty
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It is the second of a two-legged tie against Liverpool – with United losing the first leg 3-1 at Old Trafford back in May.

The match will be Keane’s first appearance in a legends’ game since his retirement in 2005 – although he did appear in a charity match in memory of Liam Miller four years ago.

Keane’s decision to take part in the match comes just one month after he admitted his fitness levels are “embarrassing”.

Speaking to Off The Ball in August, he said: “I’m not fit. I’m far from fit. My fitness levels are actually very, very embarrassing.

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“Just because I’ve not put on loads of weight doesn’t mean to say I’m fit. I wouldn’t really be able to do any running.

“Put it this way, I’ve been invited a number of times over the last few years to play legends games or whatever you want to call it.

“I’d find it really difficult because I wouldn’t be able to get around. Too many injury problems.

“I try to have a decent diet and I’m obviously weary about putting on too much weight.


“But I certainly wouldn’t be fit enough to go on any sort of run. I do a small bit of cycling but even that – I’m not exactly Sean Kelly.”

Liverpool’s Mark Gonzalez starred for the Reds in the first leg as he scored twice in their victory Old Trafford.

The match kicks off at 3pm on Merseyside.

Liverpool squad: Jerzy Dudek, Sander Westerveld; Alvaro Arbeloa, Fabio Aurelio, Stephane Henchoz, Glen Johnson, Bjorn Kvarme, Martin Skrtel, Djimi Traore, Gregory Vignal; Xabi Alonso, Salif Diao, Luis Garcia, Mark Gonzalez, Anthony Le Tallec, Albert Riera, Momo Sissoko; Stewart Downing, Robbie Keane, Maxi Rodriguez, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Andriy Voronin.

Man Utd squad: Raimond van der Gouw, Kevin Pilkington; Clayton Blackmore, Denis Irwin, Ronny Johnsen, Jaap Stam, Antonio Valencia; Jesper Blomqvist, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson, Karel Poborsky, Danny Pugh; Dimitar Berbatov, Fraizer Campbell.

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