PHOTO SPECIAL - David Beckham's UNICEF match at Old Trafford
David Beckham's UNICEF Match for Children at Old Trafford brought a welcome ray of light into the world on a miserable weekend - as some of the game's greats gathered to bring a smile back to faces.
The horrors of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night shocked the world, but Beckham and his fellow soccer superstars succeeded in staging a event that offered a message of positive hope amid the prevailing misery.
French great Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Vieira pulled out of the game after the Paris attacks, but the charity game went ahead and included a respectful moment of silence of the victims of the horror in the French capital.
Luis Figo, Ronaldinho, Robert Pires, John Terry and Jamie Carragher were some of the stellar names taking part in the match, while there was also a good representation of Man Utd legends.
Edwin van der Sar, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville were among those taking part, while legendary United manager Alex Ferguson return to his familiar seat on the touchline to take charge of the Great Britain and Ireland team
One of the more emotional moments after the afternoon for Beckham came as he was substituted to a huge ovation and replaced with his son Brooklyn, who made his Old Trafford debut as a player.
Standing ovation for David Beckham as he is subbed for son Brooklyn Beckham. pic.twitter.com/ciG4Cctxv7— Man Utd FF (@ManUtdFF) November 14, 2015
This was not the first time Brooklyn has set foot on the pitch at the Theatre of Dreams, as he made an appearance when his Dad collected a Premier League title winners' medal back in 2000 (below).
Before his exit, Beckham Snr confirmed he still has the magic touch when putting a ball into the box, with his pinpoint cross setting up a goal for his former Man Utd team-mate Paul Scholes.
FT: GB & Ireland 3 Rest of the World 1. Scholes and Owen (2) seal the win, with Yorke on target for ROW. Great game! pic.twitter.com/lNCRe4GODo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 14, 2015
The result of the match was hardly the most significant statistic on an afternoon that raised thousands of pounds for UNICEF and again highlighted event curator Beckham's status as one of the true sporting icons of his era.