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Harry Gregg delighted at line-up for Manchester United testimonial

Harry Gregg at Manchester United's 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster
Image caption Gregg at Manchester United's 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster

Former Northern Ireland and Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg says he is delighted at the line-up for Tuesday night's testimonial match in Belfast.

United are sending a strong team, including Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, and Ryan Giggs, to Windsor Park.

They will take on an Irish League select, managed by Sunderland's Martin O'Neill and David Jeffrey of Linfield.

Gregg survived the 1958 Munich air disaster and stayed with the burning plane to help passengers to safety.

The former goalkeeper, now 79, had a 10-year stint with United, making 247 appearances and is thrilled that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will also be at the game in his honour.

"This is a wonderful compliment," he said. "I'm sure he'll be a nice and pleasant fella with me but I'm sure at the back of all he's thinking: 'We should have won last Saturday'.

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Media captionGregg survived the 1958 Munich air disaster and stayed with the burning plane to help passengers to safety

"It'll be nice to see if Bobby Charlton comes. Bobby and I played together," he said.

Gregg is still reeling from United losing their Premier League title to arch rivals, Manchester City.

"I honestly believed that United were about to do what they have done many times in the past," he said.

"The United thing, when all is lost, (is) to come from behind. And then City did to United what United have been doing for years. They finished in the last split second, getting the goal that made the difference."

However, he said he was optimistic about the future of United.

"A lot of those players at United today are at the beginning of a new era," he said.

"We can talk about Paul Scholes and Ryan Gigs and Ferdinand but when you look at the rest of the make up of the side, most of them are beginners. Many of them will do United proud in the future."

Gregg won 25 caps for Northern Ireland and was voted best goalkeeper at the 1958 World Cup.

He is really looking forward to Tuesday's match.

"I began here, I belonged here, I'm back here now," he said.

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