Ryan Giggs admits he is expecting a frosty reception in Vincent Kompany’s high-profile televised testimonial tonight at Manchester City .
Giggs is one of several former Manchester United stars including the Nevilles, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Michael Carrick in a Premier League All-Stars XI.
They will take on a Manchester City Legends side at the Etihad managed by Pep Guardiola to mark former club captain Kompany’s 11 years of service.
The Belgian,33, left this summer to be Anderlecht’s player-manager after lifting four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.
But Kompany has remained close to his former club and Manchester where he contributes to the homelessness fund ‘Tackle 4 MCR’.
Wales manager Giggs says he is pleased to help Kompany and the charity but has promised not to hold back in pursuit of victory at the ground of United’s arch-rivals.
Giggs,45, said: “I was delighted when Vincent asked us to play.
“Even though he played for City, I think he’s been a brilliant player and he’s done a lot for Manchester as well away from football. It will be interesting.
“It should be a nice friendly but Scholesy is involved so probably not. There is a lot of the United lads playing.
“It will be competitive and a good game. It’s always better when it is a bit competitive. I don’t expect a warm welcome.
“I’ve never had a warm welcome at the Etihad so I don’t expect anything different on Wednesday.
“But it’s for a good cause, a good guy and he’s raising a lot of money as well.
“It doesn’t happen very often where ex-rivals play for such a good cause.
“But Vincent’s done a lot for the city, he loves the place so it’s a good cause and hopefully it’s a decent game. We want to win.
“They have a slightly bigger squad than us so there maybe a few lads will be hanging on and they will be younger. I hope it’s not 45 minutes each way.
“We still play five-a-side now and again on the Hotel Football roof. We play auction winners and Salford City youth team now and again. We are unbeaten.”
Giggs will appear in the game after presiding over back-to-back wins for Wales at home over Azerbaijan and Belarus.
Friday’s qualifier against Azerbaijan, combined with other results, has left Wales three points off a qualifying spot in Group E for Euro 2020.
United newboy Dan James got the winner with his second international goal and his fourth this season in the 1-0 friendly win over Belarus.
The in-form winger was then whisked straight off afterwards back to Manchester from Cardiff ahead of Leicester’s visit on Saturday in the Premier League.