Liverpool-United rivalry set to be renewed at National Stadium
Manchester United Masters overcame their Liverpool rivals that night courtesy of goals from Karel Poborsky, Dwight Yorke, Bojan Djordjic and Jesper Blomqvist. Vladimir Smicer and David Thompson replied for the Reds.
Excitement is steadily building up for The Castlewood Group Battle of the Reds 2015 this Saturday, with the National Stadium expected to be rocking by both sets of supporters for the opening whistle.
Liverpool's record goalscorer Ian Rush, returning captain of the Reds' Masters team, commented: “Liverpool and Manchester United are the best supported teams in the world and anytime we play against United is always exciting.
“We always look forward to entertaining supporters, especially here ... and we’re going to score first.”
Meanwhile former Liverpool shot-stopper and 2005 UEFA Champions League final hero Jerzy Dudek is happy to be reunited once again with his ex-teammates and old friends.
“It’s always nice to be here in Singapore,” he said. “It’s a fantastic event and an opportunity to see each other after one year.
“Of course there’s some differences and you can see some players are spending more time on the golf course than the football pitch. Overall it’s phenomenal to see so many fans interested in the match and supporting us.”
Over in the Red Devils' camp, the players are similarly looking forward to the big game.
“There hasn’t been an event here that has been so talked about,” said Paul Parker, who will be managing the Manchester United Masters. “The people here show me how well supported the teams are and it’s great to be involved.
“One thing for sure is that ego gets involved once the match kicks off. Everyone wants to win and do not want to make mistakes. We know the magnitude of the game – that’s why we promise to do everything to win and we’ll find strength in our legs to push further.”
Former United winger Andrei Kanchelskis, who joined the club in 1991, the same year as Parker, will be in the Red Devils' line-up on Saturday.
“Liverpool and Man United have been two of the best clubs in England and it’s always hard to play against them,” Kanchelskis said.
“But we’re looking forward to playing this game and may the best team win.”
Last but not least, the buzz is also getting to Chris Comer, CEO of Castlewood Group.
“It's a huge year for Singapore with our 50th anniversary and I can honestly say that I've been looking forward to this week all year,” said the long-time Liverpool supporter.
"It takes a lot of people to successfully pull off an event like this, thus a big thank you to Masters Football Asia, the players and everyone involved.
“It's going to be an exciting game, I'm looking forward to handing the trophy to the winning team, and hopefully they'll have an accent similar to mine.”
Liverpool Masters Squad List
Jerzy Dudek, Stephane Henchoz, Steve Harkness, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Luis Garcia, Dietmar Hamann, Patrik Berger, Vladimir Smicer, Phil Babb, Bjorn Tore Kvarme, Ian Rush (captain), Jan Kromkamp, David Thompson, Michael Thomas, Jari Littmanen
Manchester United Masters Squad List
Nick Culkin, Russell Beardsmore, Lee Martin, Paul Parker (captain), Ronny Johnsen, Bojan Djordjic, Lee Sharpe, Keith Gillespie, Jesper Blomqvist, Ben Thornley, Clayton Blackmore, Quinton Fortune, Karel Poborskly, Louis Saha, George Switzer, Andrei Kanchelskis
Photos: Kamthorn Pornsakulpaisal
The Castlewood Group Battle Of The Reds 2015 will be broadcast live exclusively on ELEVEN (Singtel TV Channel 109) from 6pm to 8pm on Saturday, 14 November 2015.