Giggs, Ferdinand, Scholes & Vidic to feature in Manchester United friendly against Aberdeen

A blend of current first-team members and former stars are set to play in a testimonial game in honour of Neil Simpson, who now coaches at Sir Alex Ferguson's former club
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to name Nemanja VidicRio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs alongside several of his former charges for a friendly against Aberdeen.

The match has been scheduled as a testimonial for Neil Simpson, who played under Ferguson during a successful European Cup Winners' Cup campaign with the Dons in 1983 and is now a coach at the club.

The Red Devils boss has revealed that there will be several familiar faces from past and present on show during the match.

"We've got the internationals on but we've got Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, and I'm bringing back some of the old players like Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Quinton Fortune and Clayton Blackmore," Sir Alex told MUTV. "Then it's all the young players.

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"Yorkie refused to go unless he was captain and takes all the penalties and corner kicks! We'll go up there with people expecting to see Manchester United at our best and we have a lot of supporters from Aberdeen.

"They travel down on a flight for every home match, I think 120 come down, so we've got fans up there and we want to do well in every game. It'll be nice to do it coming up against my old team."

The United boss also paid tribute to Simpson, who was one of his first signings at Aberdeen before he made the switch to Old Trafford.

Sir Alex added: "He was one of my first signings at Aberdeen. I think he was the first signing as he was training with them at the time and was only 15 or 16.

"He developed very well and was totally committed. He was a serious competitor with a tremendous engine, going up and down all the time, and was an integral part of Aberdeen in the great success they had and played in all the big games.

"He's a nice boy - a very quiet and unassuming lad who always kept his feet on the ground. He's been a smashing servant to Aberdeen."