Date: 10th May 2018 at 11:01pm
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Manchester United legend Eric Cantona will make a stunning Old Trafford return on Sunday June 10 to take part in Soccer Aid for Unicef.

Dubbed ‘The King’ by supporters, the five-time Premier League winner is set to retake his throne and team-up with Usain Bolt and the Soccer Aid World XI to take on Robbie Williams’ star-studded England side.

The 51-year-old said, “There is no place like home. Knowing I am coming back to Old Trafford is a special feeling and I am looking forward to seeing the stands full of familiar faces.

“My message is this: Soccer Aid for Unicef is a game like no other because of the support you give it.

“I am coming back to make the June 10 match the best ever and I want you to join me.

“Let’s make history together at Old Trafford again one last time.”

A Manchester United icon, the enigmatic Frenchman is revered as one of the finest players ever to wear a red shirt.

He played nearly 150 times for the club, scoring 82 goals in the process, winning two FA Cups and five league titles.

His skill, swagger and upturned collar cemented his place in United folklore.

Cantona joins an impressive line-up of celebrities and former sportsmen already signed-up for Soccer Aid for Unicef this year, including: Robbie Williams, Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, Mark Wright, Brendan Cole, Joe Wicks, Clarence Seedorf, Robert Pirès, Yaya Tourè, Jaap Stam, Patrick Kluivert, Edwin van der Sar, Kevin Pietersen, Dan Carter, David Seaman, Phil Neville, Jamie Redknapp, Danny Murphy, Robbie Fowler, Michael Sheen and Ben Shephard.

The UK Government will match every £1 donated by the public through its UK Aid Match scheme, doubling the difference for children in danger around the world.

The international friendly match will take place at Manchester United’s Old Trafford on June 10, just four days before the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals kick off in Russia.

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona.

Unicef, the world’s leading organisation for children, has joined forces with ITV to make the pro-celebrity football match bigger and better than ever, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children in danger.

One-hundred per cent of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children in the UK and globally.

Tickets are on sale now and the game will be broadcast live on ITV, with kick-off at 20:00pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2018 Soccer Aid for Unicef football match, go to or call 0161 444 2018, with tickets priced between £10 and £50.

Visit to find out more information and follow @SoccerAid on Twitter and Instagram, ‘Soccer Aid’ on Facebook and use the hashtag #SoccerAid for regular player and match updates.

Written by Dan Church


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