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Scholes, Giggs and United legends return to football for Miller's tribute match

Scholes, Giggs and United legends return to football for Miller's tribute match

- Ryan Giggs made a return for Man United against Celtic and Republic of Ireland XI after 672 appearances in 14 years

- The encounter also saw player-manager Roy Keane in the thick of the action

- Paul Scholes equally showcased he has not lost touch with the game during the match

Manchester legends turned out in their numbers to tackle a combined Celtic and Republic of Ireland XI squad during the Liam Miller tribute game.

The encounter which was used to celebrate the life of Miller, who died on February 9 after battling with pancreatic cancer, saw Roy Keane coach the Red Devils 'Class of 92' squad that had all members present except two players.

In the stands were over 45,000 fans, who took active part in the minute silence, in respect of the deceased before hostilities commenced at the Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium in Cork.

Scholes, Giggs and other Man United legends make return to football (photos)

Scholes, Giggs and other Man United legends make return to football
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With Rio Ferdinand missing out at the last minute due to an injury, Ryan Giggs was handed the responsibility of playing the captain’s role for the match.

Robbie Keane caused some early problems at the back as the fans tried to cheer Neville.

In the 18th minute Nicky Buttt won a penalty, off a soft tackle in the vital area.

Scholes, Giggs and other Man United legends make return to football (photos)

United dominated in the first half of the tribute showdown
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Irwin dispatched easily by sending the goalie the wrong way to hand his side the opener.

Saha increased Manchester United's lead from close range from a fantastic assist from Giggs.

However, in the closing moments of the first stanza, Keane reduced the tally for the combined XI to end the half with scores at 2-1.

On the commencement of the second stanza, the combined XI changed their kits to Ireland shirts after starting in Celtic jerseys.

And Keane with 326 appearances for United, opted to take a bow after 60 minutes of play before Colin Healy's late leveler, saw the game head into the dreaded penalties after 2-2 at full time.

Scholes, Giggs and other Man United legends make return to football (photos)

Player-manager Roy Keane was also in action for United
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During the shootout proper, Celtic and Republic of Ireland's combined squad claimed victory, after the duo of Nicky Buttt and Roy Keane failed to convert their spot kicks.

Scholes, Giggs and other Man United legends make return to football (photos)

Paul Scholes also proved he has not lost touch with the game
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has informed club boss Jose Mourinho of his intention to join Spanish giants Barcelona.

According to a UK Daily Mail report, the request has now resulted to his removal as one of the club's captain and the Red Devils squad members were informed of the change, hours before they were booted out of the Carabao Cup by Derby County.

The encounter saw Pogba alongside club captain, Antonio Valencia excused from the match, although the France star appeared as a spectator at the stands.

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