Javier Hernandez to play vs. MLS All-Stars
HOUSTON – While the MLS All-Star training sessions may have
been characterized by a low intensity levels, Manchester United were flying in
their Tuesday night practice window at Reliant Stadium ahead of the MLS All-Star
Game on Wednesday.
High speed combination and finishing skills were followed by
a fast-paced nine-vs-nine intrasquad match featuring one goalkeeper, Edwin van der
Sar. This Manchester United are clearly a squad in preseason training, where
every session is conducted to the maximum.
There was even a hard Ryan Giggs tackle on teammate and right
back Rafael, which drew a moan from the 500 supporters on hand to witness the
practice at Reliant. It’s that sort of energy that Sir Alex Ferguson says he
wants to see from the very start against the MLS All-Stars.
into the Kansas City game [Sunday], I think we were feeling the effects of the heat in
Philadelphia and mentally they weren’t sharp,” Ferguson told media in the
middle of the Tuesday evening training. “Against Kansas City, we were very
ragged with the ball and didn’t have any fluency with our play and that is
something we always look for. We try to get that fluency before the season
Manchester United manager was not able to confirm the status of players
carrying injury, like John O’Shea, Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes. Ferguson
said he would wait to see how they emerged from the practice session.
Meanwhile, the loudest cheers from the fans in attendance were
directed at new Red Devils Mexican forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who
was in his second training session with his new team. It was confirmed that he
would play no more than 30 minutes in the All-Star Game on Wednesday.
fairness to the boy himself, he’s just back from the World Cup and, although he’s
coming quite fit, to come into a game of this nature, I think the best
we can do is 30 minutes,” Ferguson said.
Hernandez was paired with Dimitar Berbatov in the intrasquad
scrimmage on Tuesday. Mame Biram Diouf, Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda constituted the
trio combination on the opposite side.
After the high energy session, each and every one of the
Manchester United players were gracious enough and good-spirited to sign autographs for fans
gathered on one side of the stadium. But by game time on Wednesday, there will
be no more Mr. Nice Guys against the MLS All-Stars.
“We have to prepare ourselves and make it very
difficult since they [MLS All-Stars] have a good record against English teams,
and that is a challenge for us,” Ferguson said. "But we’re good at that."