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Class Of '92 & Manchester United Legends Thrashed By Salford City (Pictures)

07/08/2014 23:07 BST | Updated 07/08/2014 23:59 BST

Manchester United's Class of '92 members - and friends - were outclassed by a merciless Salford City on Thursday night in a sell-out friendly.

Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Salford's finest Paul Scholes suffered a 5-1 thumping in a contest that featured frequent pitch invasions.

The quartet, who went on to enjoy trophy-laden careers with United after graduating from the club's academy in the early 1990s, all started the match at a sold-out AJ Bell Stadium, alongside other former Red Devils teammates from various eras.

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Several former United first-teamers turned out at the AJ Bell Stadium

Robbie Savage, Raphael Burke, George Switzer and John O'Kane were just four other members of the 1992 FA Youth Cup-winning side to feature, while Raimond van der Gouw, Mikäel Silvestre, Phil Neville and Quinton Fortune also enjoyed run outs.

Fifty-one-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Van der Gouw had already made a couple of smart stops when he was beaten by Paul Linwood, and Nicky Platt then doubled the Ammies' advantage by slotting home.

Giggs pulled a goal back seconds before the interval, the United assistant manager converting a penalty awarded for handball.

But Salford had their two-goal cushion restored shortly after the interval through a Phil Marsh header, and substitutes Gareth Seddon and Mike Oates subsequently added the other goals with fine finishes.

Comedian Jack Whitehall, ex-England cricketers Michael Vaughan and Steve Harmison and other former United players in Tomasz Kuszczak, David May, Ben Thornley and Danny Webber - who hit the post - were introduced for the Class of '92 in the second half.

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United legend Paul Scholes was mobbed by fans at full-time

There was also a series of disruptions after the break caused by spectators getting on to the field of play, as one young fan wearing a United shirt successfully had it signed by Giggs and Gary Neville.

All the money generated by the match goes directly to Salford City, and Giggs was delighted to get back in action to help raise funds.

"I couldn't turn down the opportunity of putting the boots on with the lads again," Giggs said. "It's for a good cause, it's a great way of raising the profile and for keeping fit as well.

"I grew up in Salford and a lot of the lads plied their trade there when they were young, so we've all got affiliations. It's a great way of hopefully putting something back.

"If we wanted glamour we wouldn't be doing this but we're getting a lot of benefits and a lot of happiness from what we're doing at the moment."