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Paul Scholes isn't looking forward to facing former Man Utd teammate Nani at Soccer Aid

Paul Scholes isn't looking forward to facing former Man Utd teammate Nani at Soccer Aid

Paul Scholes will come up against former Man Utd teammate Nani at Old Trafford on Sunday night.

Paul Scholes isn't looking forward to coming up against former teammate Nani at Soccer Aid.

The 48-year-old ex-England international, who made 718 appearances for Manchester United between 1993 and 2013, will be joined by the likes of Jill Scott [captain], Jermain Defoe, Mo Farah and Danny Dyer when Harry Redknapp's side come up against the World XI.

Mauricio Pochettino, the World XI manager, will lead out a star-studded line-up at Old Trafford on Sunday night, with Hernan Crespo, Francesco Totti, Gabriel Batistuta, Ben Foster and Roberto Carlos featuring alongside Tommy Fury, Lee Mack and captain Usain Bolt.

Scholes' former United teammates, Patrice Evra and Nani, will also represent the World XI at the Theatre of Dreams.

A day before the showpiece event in Manchester, an anxious Scholes took to Instagram to express his concerns.

He wrote: "Looking forward to playing against Nani tomorrow (am I f***)," before posting a picture of the former Manchester United winger, who was recently released by Melbourne Victory, in the gym. "Another two weeks and I'd have been like Nani and Patrice Evra (would I f***)."

Scholes added: "Hope my mate Gary Neville is ready for them," before Neville hit back: "No beer tonight please."

As they made their way to Manchester on Saturday afternoon, both Nani and Patrice Evra responded.

"Gary Neville, Scholesy, we cannot wait to see you tomorrow," Evra began. "Old Trafford, home sweet home. No beers tonight, no fish and chips, we love you guys."

Nani soon added: "Be careful with your tackles tomorrow."

Image credit: Instagram/paulscholesaaa
Image credit: Instagram/paulscholesaaa

As mentioned above, Nani is currently a free agent after A-League side Melbourne Victory confirmed his departure after just ten months in Australia.

The 36-year-old former Manchester United winger, who enjoyed a trophy-laden eight year spell at Old Trafford, has since played for Fenerbahce, Valencia, Lazio, Sporting CP and MLS outfit Orlando City.

He joined the ranks at Melbourne last summer after a brief spell at Serie A side Venezia but the former Portugal international made his last appearance for the Victoria-based side in January.

Nani, who was labelled one of the biggest transfers in A-League history when he joined last summer, suffered a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament against Brisbane Roar, which ruled him out for the rest of the 2022/23 campaign.

After failing to find the net during his time with Melbourne, the A-League side, who finished second-bottom in the league standings this season, released a statement to confirm the 36-year-old's departure.

"Melbourne Victory can confirm that Luis Nani will depart the Club after the completion of the 2022/23 Isuzu UTE A-League season," they wrote.

"The Portuguese international made ten A-League Men’s appearances for Victory before suffering an injury in January that ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

"The Club would like to thank Nani for his contribution and wishes him the best for the future."

Still, the former Portugal international is looking in great shape ahead of Sunday's highly-anticipated Soccer Aid event that will kick off at 7.30pm BST.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/paulscholesaaa - TikTok/socceraid

Topics: Soccer Aid, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Nani, Patrice Evra, Manchester United