Okay, we failed to score as many as we did in the first 'leg' but Manchester United did improve a lot for the second game of their Asia tour--albeit against the same team.
Sir Alex made nearly wholesale changes from the side that started on Saturday and instantly, a new partnership was formed between Kiko Macheda and Michael Owen. The pair got us a quick couple of goals in the first few minutes and that was it as far as the scoring was concerned.
Pre-season gives us a chance to know what many young players are about and I thought that Zoran Tosic did put on a good show on the left wing. The young Serb is not quite the finished article as far as being a winger is concerned but he does put in delicious crosses in the box. One of his accurate balls led to the second goal scored by Michael.
Then how about Fabio for competition for Evra on the left. I thought he did a fine job. He looks every bit as good as Rafael. I really ope that those two twins can one day make the starting berths their own at United and for the Brazilian National team.
Now, in an interview with the Daily Mail, Sir Alex has given a comprehensive assessment of the events that have been transpiring in the past few months as well as giving his honest personal analysis of the season ahead. The best part of it is when he dismisses City's challenge next season. The boss points it out that most managers are eager to see how Mark Hughes handles his 10 attacking options next season.
The United boss also pointed out that Chelsea and Liverpool and maybe Arsenal will be United's main threats next season--and not Man City! Apparently, the only thing that City is challenging United for are the back pages.
The war of words against Tevez continues with Sir Alex claiming that the new Bitter is not worth 25m--Ooouch!
And just to please those who still think United did not go out full throttle in the market, he reveals a 35m pound bid for Benzema and another bid for Ribery. Bayern did not want to sell and Madrid were ready to pay over the odds for Benzema so United couldn't do much about those deals either. That interview must have left many a United fans satisfied.