In a charity match in Perth organized by Manchester United Foundation and the DT38 Foundation, the PFA Aussie legends thrashed Manchester United 3-0.
The Red Devils legends’ squad was led by Paul Scholes but managed by Bryan Robson. The team included soccer stars that made up 3,000 appearances and had scored over 500 goals. The United legends team included Dwight Yorke, Denis Irwin, Louis Saha, Danny Webber, Ronny Johnsen and others.
The Aussie legends team had a younger squad, with the average age of 35 compared to United’s team which was almost a decade older. The team was led by Frank Farina with Clint Bolton serving as the assistant.
The goals came in after the break with Nick Carle, Bobby Despotovski, and Con Boutsianis getting onto the scorers’ sheet. Boutsianis tapped in, Despotovski connected to a cross that was spilled while Carle sent his brilliant effort into the top corner.
The fans were excited to see the former stars on the pitch again, slugging it out against each other. The game was setup to raise funds for the foundations. The DT38 Foundation was established in loving memory of Dylan Tombides who died from testicular cancer at a young age of 20. The mother of the deceased Tracy Tombides founded the charity.The charity focuses on raising awareness about the health concern as well as battling the stigma associated with it. Tombides used to play for West Ham and Olyroos before his death.
Most of the United players had one issue or the other. From cramps to slight niggles. Scholes went off in the 28th minute but returned in the second half to continue. United did not get to score but Yorke and Sahacame very close.