Manchester United – European XIMarch 14, 2007
Europe XI Squad
Real Madrid: Iker Casillas
Liverpool: Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher
Lyon: Eric Abidal, Gregory Coupet, Juninho, Malouda
Barcelona: Ronaldinho, Puyol, Zambrotta, Thuram
AC Milan: Maldini, Gattuse, Pirlo, Ronaldo
Helsingborgs: Henrik Larsson
Roma: Alessandro Mancini
Valencia: Luis Miguel
Bayern Munich: Oliver Kahn
Inter Milan: Marco Materazzi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Fabio Grosso
Manchester United Squad
Fit Players: Kuszczak, Heaton, Neville, Brown, O’Shea, Heinze, Ronaldo, Giggs, Carrick, Scholes, Rooney, Smith, Dong Fangzhou, Park, Richardson, Eagles.
Final Score: Manchester United 4-3 Europe XI.
Manchester United goals: Rooney 2x, Brown, Ronaldo (awesome free kick).
Europe XI goals: Malouda (rifle shot from outside the box, class goal), El-Hadji Diouf 2x (don’t ask why he was playing…)
United were weakened with injuries, and Europe XI were weakened by late withdrawals – the game was half exhibition (first half) and half practice game for United’s 3rd string (second half).
Andy Cole made a cameo appearance for Manchester United, Bolton had a handful of players coming on for Europe XI (nice preview for them a few days ahead of their Saturday visit), so did Liverpool.
Manchester United fans booed Gerrard, Carragher, Zenden and Fowler, which was a shame. Then again, fans are cunts generally, so it wasn’t surprising.