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Bayern Munich vs. Manchester United Legends Match: Date, Time and Preview

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 this handout image from the Allianz Group, the Allianz Arena is illuminated with white, green and blue lights ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Munich and Chelsea. The final takes place at the Allianz Arena on May 19, 2012. (Photo by Allianz Group via Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured Columnist IVNovember 30, 2016

In a bid to recapture the magic of the 1998-99 Champions League final, a host of Bayern Munich stars from years gone by will line up against a group of their Manchester United counterparts on Saturday.

The Allianz Arena will see the current crop of Bayern bastions entertain with an open training session before the figures of old take to the stage.

Both the Red Devils and their German hosts have a glittering array of legends set to take part in the charity event, with some of those ex-maestros most worth keeping tabs on discussed ahead.

 

Date: Saturday, August 9

Time: 5:15 p.m. BST/12:15 p.m. ET

 

Teams

Manchester United will travel with a relatively spritely group of players this weekend, each of varying quality, with Bryan Robson managing a group that contains Edwin van der Sar, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.

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The official United website confirms the rest of United's 14-man squad, which also includes Denis Irwin, Clayton Blackmore and Mikael Silvestre, along with other well-known Old Trafford figures.

Manchester United Legends: Tomasz Kuszczak; Lee Martin, Denis Irwin, Ronny Johnsen, Mikael Silvestre, Phil Neville; Bryan Robson, Ben Thornley, Jesper Blomqvist, Paul Scholes, Quinton Fortune; Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Dion Dublin

Bayern's line-up boasts German names of a similar brand in quality, led by 1974 World Cup winner and ex-West Germany captain Paul Breitner, with Paulo Sergio, Hans-Jorg Butt, Markus Babbel among those included.

Bayern Munich Legends: Hans-Jorg Butt, Walter Junghans, Markus Babbel, Hans Pflugler, Oliver Kreuzer, Robert Kovac, Harald Cerny, Marcel Witeczek, Paul Breitner, Giovane Elber, Olaf Thon, Michael Rummenigge, Paulo Sergio, Michael Sternkopf, Gaudino, Herbert Zimmermann, Marco van Bommel, Markus Schupp, Alexander Zickler

 

Key Players to Watch

Bayern Munich: Owen Hargreaves

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 21:  Owen Hargreaves of Manchester United appeals to referee Mike Riley during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on September 21, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botteri
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The only Bayern Munich player set to line up with experience playing for the opposition, Owen Hargreaves should make for an intriguing storyline up against some of his former teammates.

The Bayern side will be captained by 1974 World Cup winner Paul Breitner, and while Hargreaves isn't the most decorated of their veterans, he is one with some of the most recent playing experience.

Admittedly, the midfield anchor's career ended in disappointing fashion, a forgettably short stint with Manchester City followed up with an exit from Queens Park Rangers after only training with the west London club.

However, Hargreaves may still show himself to be of an elevated quality coming back to Bavaria and up against some slightly more aged foes—providing his knees hold out for the entirety of his involvement.

 

Manchester United: Paul Scholes

One of those names fans will be most looking forward to see on Saturday is that of Paul Scholes, who so sadly missed the 1999 Champions League final through suspension, and who will undoubtedly be eager to leave a lasting impression on this opportunity.

SALFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Paul Scholes of the Class of '92 XI is mobbed by fans at the end of the match between Salford City and the Class of '92 XI at AJ Bell Stadium on August 7, 2014 in Salford, England.  (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
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Bayern have a serious threat among their engine room ranks in the form of Mark van Bommel, and considering the two have only retired from football in recent years, spectators might still hope for a stellar clash between the two.

Charity event or not, Scholes is a tide-turning presence to admire on the pitch, and for every asset Bayern might boast, United have every chance of emerging as victors this weekend with him at their core.

Totally Man Utd offer a brief explanation of just how instrumental the former puppeteer has a tendency to be:

Gone are the days when the ex-United magician can be seen effortlessly spraying passes about for the Red Devils, but Saturday offers the briefest of looks back upon that which Europe used to marvel at.

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