Manchester United and Liverpool Legends helped raise over £1.3 million for the Manchester United Foundation, as 48,777 supporters were in attendance to see the Merseysiders win 3-1 at Old Trafford in the first Legends of the North match.
Despite being level at the break, the clash roared into life in the second period.
Dimitar Berbatov won and scored a penalty to equalise after Luis Garcia’s goal, before Mark Gonzalez’s sublime free-kick and late strike earned the win for Kenny Dalglish’s side, ahead of September’s return leg.
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United: Van der Gouw, Neville (c), Johnsen, Stam, Evra, Poborsky, Valencia, Butt, Blomqvist, Saha, Berbatov.
Subs used: Fortune, Webber, Pilkington, O’Shea, Silvestre, Brown.
Goals: Berbatov 50.
Liverpool: Dudek, Kvarme, Xavier, Aurelio, Carragher (c), Pennant, Le Tallec, Diao, Rodriguez, Downing, Voronin.
Subs used: Garcia, Benayoun, Kuyt, Sinama-Pongolle, Wright, Sissoko, Enrique, Vignal, Gonzalez.
Goals: Garcia 47, Gonzalez 62, 90+2.