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Manchester United roll the years back in Barcelona as Yorke, Blomqvist and Poborsky all star

The Catalans had Ronaldinho and Rivaldo but were no answer for the likes of Ronny Johnsen and Ben Thornley.

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THE PACE WAS a little slower, the breaths a little heavier but there was no doubting the ability that was still on show as the Manchester United Legends team got the better of Barcelona in the first-leg of their charity match on Friday.

At the Camp Nou, goals from Jesper Blomqvist, Dwight Yorke and Karel Poborsky ensured a 3-1 victory for the guests, though Frederic Dehu grabbed a late consolation to give the Catalans some hope in the return fixture.

The hosts started the game with an attack that featured both Rivaldo and Ronaldinho and the latter certainly enjoyed himself – his flicks and tricks inevitably thrilling the crowd.

But, it was two players that won the Champions League at the Camp Nou in 1999 who were central to United’s victory.

Swedish winger Blomqvist opened the scoring after just 14 minutes while captain Yorke added a third late on.

Poborsky’s strike, meanwhile, arrived early in the second period.

There were some magnificent players on show. Barca could count on the likes of Edgar Davids, Ludovic Giuly, Gaizka Mendieta and Patrick Kluivert while United had Alan Smith, Ji-Sung Park and Louis Saha all involved.

Barcelona Legends: Angoy (Guzman 72), Nadal (Andersson 46), Belletti (Dehu 33), Edmilson (Amor 67), Goiko (Juan Carlos 72), Mendieta (Popescu 56), Davids (Estebaranz 82), Rivaldo (Carerras 72), Giuly (Kluivert 11), Simao (Ezquerro 46, Salinas 84), Ronaldinho

Manchester United Legends: Van Der Gouw (Pilkington 46), Brown, Johnsen (Martin 53), Silvestre, Park, Poborsky (Thornley 65), Smith, Djordjic (Blackmore 73), Blomqvist (Beardsmore 73), Yorke, Saha (Webber 56)

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