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SBD Global/December 11, 2012/International Football
ManU Confirms Australian Preseason Trip, Game Against A-League All Stars On July 20
Published December 11, 2012
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UNITED HAS THE UPPER HAND: In Sydney, Michael Chammas also reported when former ManU striker Dwight Yorke was asked "how the best of the A-League would fare against the Red Devils," which last played in Australia in '99, Yorke "was brutally honest in his assessment of how the match would pan out." Yorke said, "A full-strength Man United … I've got to be honest, it's not going to be easy for the A-League guys. They are going to find it extremely difficult, but I'm sure it's a great experience for some of these guys who may not have the opportunity to play against these world-class players like Wayne Rooney and Van Persie. People like Giggsy and Scholesy are still there'' (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 12/11). Also in Sydney, Ray Gatt reported Yorke "laughed off suggestions the trip would be a holiday for the 19-time English champion club." Yorke said, "Not at all. It's a serious part of the preseason for them. They'll have five or six days in camp in Sydney. It will be very intense." Yorke said that "he would not knock back the chance to coach the All Stars if asked, although it would seem Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou and Central Coast Mariners boss Graham Arnold would be the frontrunners" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 12/11).