Six current Manchester United stars swapped the green turf of Old Trafford for the green baize to take part in a very special MUTV charity tournament: the Challenge. Red Devils Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Rafael da Silva, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher and Danny Welbeck faced each other in Manchester with the winner taking home a big cash prize for their nominated charity.

They say that every contest involving footballers needs a mascot – so forget Fred the Red – that day the players came under the guiding hand of Team Pro Tony G. What’s it like to be a champion and a Premier League winner and how do you handle a bad beat? Tony G gave his top poker tips and joined the commentary team.

Tony said: “My first thought about the line-up was that it might be a bit defensively minded so I pushed them into attack mode. We’re all champions, everybody is a winner.”

The eventual winner was Northern Ireland international defender Jonny Evans, who retained the title he won in 2011.

“I’m over the moon,” said Evans. “Especially to be two times champion. Some people will say I am lucky but now I have proven I am the number one champ.”


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