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Legend Aldo keen to down United

By Steven Beacom

Published 10/04/2008

Former Liverpool hero John Aldridge can't wait to take on Manchester United in the Legends XI event here in the summer.

When the north west giants collide in the Premiership, it is always an intense contest.

The pace and power may not be the same come July when the past greats go into battle but the ex-Republic of Ireland striker says the desire to win will be just the same.

Goalscorer supreme Aldridge is just one of the many star names who will be playing around the country in a tour which will start on July 20 and end with the Belfast Cup at the Oval on July 26 when the United Legends take on their Liverpool counterparts.

"Liverpool had great teams in the 70s and 80s and many of the lads who were playing then play in our Legends XI," said Aldridge.

"We may have lost some pace and obviously aren't as fit as a few years ago but believe me none of us have lost the competitive edge.

"In every game we play we want to win and the match against the United Legends is one that all the boys are looking forward to.

"We definitely don't want to lose to them! We are friendly enough with the United lads but the rivalry is still there.

"I've scored a few times against United in the past when I was at Oxford and Liverpool and would love doing it again in Belfast."

Aldridge is no stranger to Northern Ireland and was in the Republic side that played a couple of memorable internationals at Windsor Park.

He recalled: "The teams back then had tremendous respect for each other but I remember the atmosphere in the first one wasn't the best. Thankfully we drew 1-1 and qualified for the World Cup finals and in the second game at Windsor we won 4-0 and I scored.

"Nowadays Northern Ireland are ahead of the Republic in the rankings which shows how far they have come.

"David Healy has played a big part in that. His record in international football is incredible. He's one of the best strikers around at that level, yet it's strange that he doesn't play that often for Fulham."

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