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What have we learned about the new Man Utd?


Macheda celebrates his 24-second goal

Ok a game against the MLS all-stars doesn’t exactly represent an accurate trial-run for a Premiership game against Chelsea or a Champions League clash with Barcelona. Still, this was an MLS team who are mid-way through their season and considerably fitter than their opponents as well as more experienced in a lot of areas.

Albeit they don’t ever train together. Still, it was a nice test for Man Utd and  convincing 5-2 win ahead of the Community Shield clash with Chelsea next week. The famous Alan Hansen line “You don’t win anything with kids” is overused when it comes to Man Utd, he got it wrong, spectacularly, and people who think Alex Ferguson is on his last legs also need to rethink.

Five conclusions to take from last night’s game:

  • Manchester United instil confidence in their young players like no other club (even Arsenal) in the Premiership.
  • The likes of Macheda; Hernandez; Evans and Rafael are all ready for regular first-team action, despite being a little rough around the edges.
  • In Edwin Van Der Saar, United have retained a formidable weapon. The Dutch man staying fit is crucial to their league chances.
  • Financial debt aside, United’s future as a powerful club is secure. Moving into central America has cemented their status as the biggest club worldwide, with more than 70,000 fans in attendance last night. A phenomenal figure for a friendly game in a football/ baseball stronghold. Believed to be the fourth-highest attendance for an all-star game in any sport in US history. And they like their all-star games.
  • Ferguson isn’t going anywhere. When Nani trudged off to the sidelines expecting a bit of sympathy from his boss for the kick he had just received, Ferguson wasn’t interested. Instead he berated the Portuguese international for not releasing the ball quicker. When the injury-prone Fabio limped off (again), Ferguson looked at him as if to say, “don’t say I didn’t give you a chance.” It may take a force of God to remove the Scot from the hot seat anytime soon.

Hernandez takes aim

A team made up of the likes of Evans, Fabio, Rafael, Macheda, Nani, Obertan, it was a young, inexperienced looking group with the old pros Van Der Saar, Brown and Giggs helping out. But when you look closer, these players now have the confidence and swagger required to make the step up to Premiership action, as they have not only got more experience than you would think, but are trained to believe they are better than their opponents.

The likes of Rafael and Nani are occasionally brilliant, but often frustrating. Rafael in particular has boundless energy and skill but makes poor decisions under pressure, ditto Nani who often wastes the ball when a player is free to his immediate left or right. That said, Rafael has just turned 20 and has played almost 50 games for the club already. Evans is 22 with 64 appearances; Macheda just 18 with 15 competitive games and some gals to boot; Nani at 23 has more than 100 appearances and last year showed he is about to break through as a new star.

The young Mexican is mobbed after scoring

With the signings of Hernandez and Smalling, to add to ‘old pros’ like Rooney (24); Vidic (28); Evra (29) and  even 22-year-old Anderson along with Ferguson suggesting the Glazers are giving him every backing in the transfer market, the signs for Man Utd fans should be very pleasing indeed.

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