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Stars jet in for Miller tribute


Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane

Mike Phelan is surely playing things down when he describes as "half decent" the Manchester United squad assembled for today's Liam Miller tribute game in Cork.

There is more than a hint of glamour from the two panels which will assemble in the city today (3pm) to pay tribute to the local man, Miller, who sadly lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

For the organisers there is a sigh of relief that the saga over the hosting of the game, where the GAA needed a mighty push from the general public and a black eye from the PR battle, before they opened the doors of Páirc uí Chaoimh and allow the estimated crowd of 40,000 attend, instead of the 7,000 which would have been squeezed in to Turner's Cross.

Phelan will assist Roy Keane in selecting a Manchester United side, made up mainly of ex-pros but also a small batch of players whose careers are still active - John O'Shea was in action for Reading only last weekend.

Champions League winners including Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Andy Cole will play for the red side.

The Ireland/Celtic panel, selected by Martin O'Neill, will rely on players whose playing days are behind them, a test for the likes of Damien Duff, Richard Dunne and Kenny Cunningham to don boots on their creaking limbs one more time, while David Forde and Stephen Kelly have yet to hang up their boots.

While the game is a sell-out, those keen to support the Miller fund can purchase non-attendance tickets for €5 (plus €2 postage).