Thursday, August 2, 2007

Manu Ready For Inter..........

United are gearing up to defend the Premier League title, and the match against Roberto Mancini's Serie A champions, live and exclusive on MUTV and MUTV Online, is seen as the ideal follow-up to the Reds' unbeaten four-game tour of the Far East.

"The match against Inter Milan will be played at a more competitive level than the games in the Far East," admits the boss. "Inter won their league and are in the Champions League with us next season, so that adds a bit extra to the game. We're also expecting a big crowd and a good atmosphere at Old Trafford.

"Inter are perhaps slightly ahead of us in their preparations because they had two competitive games at the weekend, so that makes it the right type of test for us now."

Mancini’s side lost against Valencia and Arsenal at the weekend and will be determined to step up their own preparations for their own title defence in 2007/08. Reds goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says the quality of the opposition may make for an exciting spectacle, but says there is serious work to be done. "The game against Inter is our first pre-season game in front of our fans," he says, "and everyone is eager to show that we’re on the right track."

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