Manchester United’s famous Class of ’92 are back in action on Thursday afternoon, taking on Salford City in a special, showpiece event.
The match sees the likes of Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville test whether or not they’ve still got it, with other members of the 1992 FA Youth Cup-winning side also taking part.
The quintet incidentally own Salford City, but they’ll be putting their allegiances aside for 90 minutes as they look to show the new kids on the block how it’s done.
Date: Thursday, August 7
Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Venue: AJ Bell Stadium
Sell-Out Crowd to See United Legends
The Class of ’92 stars became accustomed to playing in front of sell-out crowds of 60,000-plus during their exciting careers, and they’ll be right at home playing in front of another packed house on Thursday.
The only difference being that the AJ Bell Stadium holds just 12,000 spectators—the lucky ticket holders will certainly be in for a show, though.
With several fantastic players wiping the dust off of their boots for the visitors, Salford City will play host to a demonstration of class being permanent, but it could be a bit of a meatier affair than first thought.
Robbie Savage, who departed Manchester United before the Class of ’92 became the backbone of the first team, is one of many that could be taking it very seriously.
Savage being Savage means that a few boos may ring out whenever the 39-year-old gets on the ball, and as he revealed via Twitter, he won’t be trying to win any of his critics over:
While Savage is talking in jest, he’s not the only one that won’t be taking any prisoners, as Salford City FC revealed:
Quote from Giggsy about Thursday's game! More quotes, stories & info in the match programme. All proceeds go to SCFC pic.twitter.com/anoLKNbOX5— Salford City FC (@salfordcityfc) August 5, 2014
Scholes is a lot of things when he takes to the pitch—a genius, an inspiration, a master—but one thing he isn’t is a good tackler.
One errand touch from Scholes and you know that a textbook, mistimed tackle will be flying in—adding a little bit of spice to what looks like being a one-sided encounter.
However, the Class of ’92 believe that it won’t be an easy ride against Salford City, speaking in a statement back in May—via Adam Shergold of the Daily Mail:
“We are really looking forward to the match, it will certainly be competitive. It will be 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.”
They’ll certainly do that if they resurrect the form of 1992 and beyond, but it’s all just a matter of fun for the living legends.
For Salford City, though, it’s the chance to do something spectacular against those whose names they used to scream out in the playground while lining up a shot.
The chance to, one day, tell the story of the time they defeated the Class of ’92.