Class of '92 and Salford FC to Play Friendly Match, David Beckham May Feature

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2014

19 Aug 2001:  David Beckham of Manchester United celebrates scoring a freekick with team mate Ryan Giggs during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match against Fulham played at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.  Man Utd won the game 3 - 2. \ Mandatory Credit: Alex Livesey /Allsport
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Manchester United fans will be sent into nostalgic delirium this summer as the Class of '92 are destined to reform and take on the football club they own as a collective.

Ryan Giggs and company have announced they will play Salford City in a friendly at the AJ Bell Stadium on Aug. 7.

Mike Keegan from The Manchester Evening News confirmed the news via his Twitter account and column.

He tweeted: 

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, David Beckham and Gary Neville attend the World premiere of 'The Class of 92' at Odeon West End on December 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Image
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The Class of '92 also released a statement, per Keegan. 

They announced:

We are really looking forward to the match, it will certainly be competitive. It will good to play with each other again, it's been a long time but more importantly we will want to give Salford City a tough game. We are going to ask some familiar faces to play with us and we will be sure it will be an entertaining game for the fans of Salford.

The statement suggests that David Beckham might be involved in the match with his former United team-mates.

Former Red Devils captain, and Beckham's best friend, Gary Neville confirmed his involvement in the game. He took to his Twitter account to say:

Salford chairman Karen Baird also expressed her delight at the news of the prestigious friendly, per Keegan: "This will be an exciting start for the new season, for the players, the club and most of all the fans. We hope it will be a fun and entertaining evening for everyone whilst raising funds for the club."

The match will offer United fans some light relief after a season of discontent at Old Trafford. The chance to see the club's most loved sons together on a football pitch will be greatly welcomed by many Mancunians. 

CO92 members Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt recently took interim control of United's coaching setup after the dismissal of David Moyes. 

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 06:  Manchester United Caretaker Manager Ryan Giggs speaks with Nicky Butt (R) prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on May 6, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by A
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Butt told MUTV, via Paul Handler of The Manchester Evening News

To be there together is a bit of a surreal thing. We walked in here together when we were 12 and to be here now – I'm not 40 yet but Giggsy is, and myself and Scholes are nearly there too. So for us and Phil to be there together is a very proud moment.

We're here to try to help the club and get the results that we want from now until the end of the season. What happens after that, who knows?

The former United players bought the Evo-Stik First Division North club in March of this year and this is a very clever way of raising the club's profile to a global audience.

The match will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about friendlies of the summer and will generate a million miles of column inches, in the press.

Beckham's involvement will also be a sure-fire winner for Salford, given his global popularity and status within the game.

The opportunity to see this great collective play football together one last time is one that cannot be missed, and it will return a feel-good factor to United fans after a dire season.