Away with the cotton wool of the Asian tour. We shall get to know exactly how far this United team has gone as far as preparing for the new season when they take on some of the best sides in the world in the space of two days in the Audi Cup. The two day tournament features European giants AC Milan, South America's Boca Juniors, German side Bayern Munich--the only team in the world that has reason to hold a grudge against Manchester United ('99)

So United take on Boca in the semi--a team that will, unfortunately for us, not be taking this game as a friendly. They are a competitive side and its good Sir Alex knows that. For that matter, you would hope that United don't try to ease their way through the Boca defence like they did in Asia--when at times defences just let them have it. Middle penetration should come along with maximum usage of the flanks. We of course want to see what Valencia can do.

Then there is the sorry issue of defence.I' sorry but the few times we were seriously attacked in Asia led to goals and I can't help but hope for better this time round. For instance we made a certain striker called Dejan look like a god given how easily he scored two against us in 20 minutes.

Scott of the republikofmancunia is in Munich to cover the games live. He posted photos from Munich including a memorial of the Busby Babes at the scene of the air crash in 1958. I must add that the Allianz Arena is STUNNING!