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A Van Der Gouw Howler And All The Other Highlights From Old Trafford

By Mark Farrelly
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I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed today's UNICEF match for children in Old Trafford. Within the first five minutes, after Paul Scholes had attempted a mad volley, Peter Crouch tried to score with a volley and David Beckham went oh so close with a free-kick, we knew we were in for a treat.

Beckham - the organiser of the whole match - was indeed one of the stand-out players, alongside Scholes, with the pair being involved in nearly every good move for the Great Britain side.

First off, they opened the scoring.

And then combined again to set up Michael Owen for GB's second.


The third goal came from a ... you guessed it ... another David Beckham cross. Except this time it was Ashley Cole who pulled it back for Owen to score his second.

Well, when I say 'pulled it back'  it had rather a lot to do with Raymond Van Der Gouw.

Owen's brace came either side of the Rest of the World's only goal of the game. Coming courtesy of another former Man United player, in Dwight Yorke.


Aside from the goals there was a lovely moment when Beckham was replaced by his son Brooklyn.

And he almost set up Scholes for the goal of the game. Sadly the midfielder's chip came off the top of the crossbar.

Overall I think it's fair to say that Scholes and Beckham could definitely do a job for a team if they still fancied it.


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