- David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson return to Old Trafford on Saturday
- Great Britain & Ireland take on Rest of the World in UNICEF charity game
- Beckham has been visiting all seven continents to play football
- United legend took to Instagram to reveal shirts the two teams will wear
- Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs all set to play
- Cafu arrived at his Manchester hotel on Friday afternoon ahead of game
- The match takes place at Old Trafford at 3pm on Saturday afternoon
As excitement builds ahead of David Beckham’s UNICEF match at Old Trafford, the Manchester United legend has shared a picture of his and Zinedine Zidane’s shirts.
Beckham will captain a Great Britain and Ireland XI against Zidane’s Rest of the World on Saturday afternoon, in a game which sees Sir Alex Ferguson return to the Old Trafford dugout.
The ‘Match for Children‘ will include a remarkable number of big names, all intent on raising as much money as possible for Beckham’s UNICEF fund.
David Beckham took to Instagram on Friday to reveal his and Zinedine Zidane’s shirts for Saturday’s match
Beckham arrived at Manchester Piccadilly train station on Friday afternoon ahead of his Old Trafford return
The United and England legend, writing on Instagram on Friday, said: ‘Excitement has begun, shirts are ready for the 7th game in the 7th continent in 9 days.
‘So excited to be heading back to Old Trafford where it all began for me and where my dreams all came true .. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the fans for the support for @unicef & The 7 Fund.’
A packed Old Trafford will await the two teams, and legendary United boss Ferguson is sure to receive a remarkable reaction from the crowd when he returns to the dugout for the first time since retiring in 2013.
Some of the stars touched down in Manchester on Friday ahead of the game, which for many marks a first return to their old club since leaving.
Beckham will lead out a Great Britain and Ireland XI at Old Trafford in aid of UNICEF on Saturday afternoon
Brazil’s legendary right back Cafu arrives at Manchester’s Lowry Hotel ahead of the game at Old Trafford
Mikael Silvestre, who left Manchester United in 2008 after nine years at the club, arrives at the Lowry Hotel
Former France international Silvestre will line up for Carlo Ancelotti’s Rest of the World XI at Old Trafford
In fact, 13 former United players have been announced for Saturday’s game, including fans favourites Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
Brazil legend Cafu arrived at Manchester’s Lowry Hotel on Friday ahead of his appearance for the Rest of the World XI, where supporters will see him take his place at right back once more following his retirement in 2008.
Mikael Silvestre followed shortly after, and will be hoping to recreate some of the performances which made him well-loved during his nine-year stint under Ferguson, between 1999 and 2008.
Here, Sportsmail tells you everything you need to know about Saturday’s big game…
Former Manchester United great Sir Alex Ferguson (left) will manage Beckham’s team at Old Trafford
Holland and Barcelona legend Patrick Kluivert also arrived at the Lowry Hotel on Friday, alongside his son
Beckham has been playing seven football matches in seven continents as part of his charity work for UNICEF
Who is playing?
‘Who isn’t playing?’ might be an easier question to answer. There is a stellar line-up of stars, including 13 former Manchester United players, split between both teams.
David Beckham is captaining the Great Britain and Ireland team, managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, while Zinedine Zidane will pull on the armband for the Rest of the World XI.
Carlo Ancelotti takes his place in the dugout opposite Ferguson once more, taking charge of a team which includes the likes of Luis Figo, Robert Pires, Ronaldinho, Dwight Yorke and Patrick Vieira.
Ancelotti (right, in May 2011) will return to face Ferguson once more, managing the Rest of the World XI
Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs (left to right) are among the players returning to Old Trafford
Lining up for Great Britain and Ireland, among others, is Jamie Carragher, John Terry, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Michael Owen.
Any fans of Rio Ferdinand, Andy Cole, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Nesta and Massimo Ambrosini will be left disappointed though… they were all originally scheduled to play, but have now pulled out.
FULL SQUADS – GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND XI VS REST OF THE WORLD XI
Great Britain and Ireland XI (Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson, Captain: David Beckham)
David Seaman, David James, Jamie Carragher, Sol Campbell, Phil Neville, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Darren Fletcher, Nicky Butt, Trevor Sinclair, Paul Scholes, Gary McAllister, Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, Peter Crouch, Alan Smith
Rest of the World XI (Manager: Carlo Ancelotti, Captain: Zinedine Zidane)
Edwin van der Sar, Raimond van der Gouw, Cafu, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Couto, Mikael Silvestre, Maxwell, Luis Figo, Robert Pires, Christian Karembeu, Ji-sung Park, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Vieira, Michael Ballack, Ronaldinho, Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Patrick Kluivert, Landon Donovan
*More players are due to be confirmed on the day*
Ronaldinho (left) and former Manchester United favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take part in the match
What’s it in aid of?
The all-star game, titled ‘Match for Children‘, is in aid of UNICEF, and is part of Beckham’s trip around the world.
The former England captain is travelling to all seven continents to play football, and his visit to Old Trafford on Saturday will complete the mammoth journey.
He has taken part in games in Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Djibouti, Antarctica, Buenos Aires and Miami, before his Europe leg ends in familiar surroundings.
Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations will go to UNICEF, whose work provides lifesaving care for children in danger.
To donate to Beckham’s UNICEF fund, visit 7.org or text SEVEN to 70111 to donate £3.
Beckham (pictured in Kathmandu, Nepal on November 6) has been travelling around the world to raise money
Former England captain Beckham plays football in Buenos Aires – his South American destination
Where can I watch it?
The match is not being streamed live on television in the UK, but there will be a Match of the Day highlights programme dedicated to the game on BBC1 at 10.20pm on Saturday.
In fact, the best way to follow the match as it happens is with Sportsmail‘s live blog, which will take you through the action from Old Trafford.
The game kicks off at 3pm UK time on Saturday, so be sure to check the website in the build-up.
The game is not being shown live, but a special highlights Match of the Day programme airs on Saturday night
Where is it?
The match is taking place at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, home to many of the players during their professional careers.
Over 75,000 fans will be packed into the venue to watch the match, which is set to raise big money for UNICEF.
Sir Alex Ferguson will also be returning to the home dugout for the first time since his retirement in 2013. The Scotsman spent a successful 17 years as manager of United, and fans will be delighted to see the 73-year-old take his old spot on the bench.
Old Trafford is the venue for the match, with over 75,000 fans packed into its stands to enjoy the action
Can I still buy tickets?
Unfortunately not… the event is completely sold out, and all tickets were sold swiftly after going on sale. You can, though, still do your bit by donating to the UNICEF cause.
As we mentioned before, the best way to follow the match is using Sportsmail‘s live blog on Saturday afternoon.
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