United LOST their first pre-season game on Sunday night against Kansas City Wizards (of all teams) albeit in controversial circumstances. Needless to say that the debate of goal line technology did feature in this one but given the relative unimportance of the fixture, no dust was raised about the manner in which the Wizard won the match.
From our perspective, well, it was only a matter of time before inexperience showed. Sir Alex was quick to use that 'excuse' to underline that he started with a back four that included Rafael, Smalling and Evans, not to mention rookie goalie Ben Amos.
One of our bright spots from the game should be that Berbatov finally buried the ghosts of that FA Cup semifinal penalty-shootout miss (against Everton) with a lazy lovely spot-kick.
We've had three games on the tour so far and I'm not impressed with the midfield we intend to start the season with. For starters, Scholes and Giggs will play just half the games next season so that leaves us with Fletcher, Carrick and Gibson--not quite intimidating of you ask me. Worse is the news that I've just read over the Internet that Anderson and Hargreaves might be omitted form Sir Alex's Premier League 25 (under the new rules). It only leave us with the expectation that the manager shall sign a creative spark before the window closes, or that we shall have to cross our fingers even harder.
The press has one or two reasons to believe that we're favourites to sign Mesut Ozil but again, that is just speculation. Meanwhile David Gill and Sir Alex are convinced that there is money to sign players---if only there was 'value' in the market.
The fourth and final game we'll play in America will be against the MLS All Star team that includes Londan Donovan. This will prove a hell of a test for our lads and it remains to be seen if Fergie will still name a rookie side for this one as they are well capable of handing us a thrashing. It'll be as if we're playing against the US National soccer team. (especially when you consider that the coach is Bob Bradley).
Chicharito joined the squad in America after returning from holiday and its likely that we'll see him in action for us on Wednesday night. Given what he's done at the world cup, I'm sensing that the expectation will be quite high as far as he's concerned.
The season proper draws ever closer!