Several thousand spectators showed up to watch Manchester United participate in a light training session at Toyota Park Wednesday evening.
The fans in attendance – many of whom were sporting Manchester United jerseys – clearly relished the opportunity to see their heroes in person, chanting and cheering loudly for the duration of the hour-long practice.
“We have a fantastic fan base, fantastically loyal to the club,” United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said after training. “I think it’s grown [to the point] that the success of the club is an expectation. These fans here, when they come to Old Trafford, they expect Manchester United to perform well and win and … I think that’s a great thing.”
One fan in particular, 12-year-old Dylan Moore, was particularly thrilled to see his heroes up close and personal.
“I love United and I want to see them play,” said the Chicagoland resident.
Though his favorite United player – Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia – is not on the roster for the North American tour, Moore was still excited to watch his favorite club train. He was especially eager to see Italian forward Federico Macheda – famous for his wonder goal against Aston Villa two seasons ago – in action.
“[I’m most excited to see] Federico Macheda,” Moore said. “He scored an awesome goal, and I like how he plays.”
United’s training wasn’t their only event of the day. The team was scheduled to unveil its new uniform at Chicago’s Niketown store after practice.
Full Tour Schedule:
July 16: Manchester United vs. Celtic F.C. (7 p.m. CT, Rogers Centre)
July 21: Manchester United vs. Philadelphia Union (6:30 p.m. CT, Lincoln Financial Field)
July 25: Manchester United vs. KC Wizards (5 p.m. CT, Arrowhead Stadium)
July 28: Manchester United vs. MLS All-Stars (7:30 p.m. CT, Reliant Stadium)
July 30: Manchester United at Chivas Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Mexico)