New England Revolution v Manchester United – Preview, Prediction, TV Listings, Betting Odds – Friendly – 13 July 2011
Reigning English Premier League champions Manchester United kick off their 2011 USA pre-season tour with a friendly against MLS side New England Revolution. The match will take place at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Kickoff is scheduled for 20:00 EST (USA Eastern), 01:00 BST (UK time), and 02:00 CET (Central Europe).
New England Revolution v Manchester United TV Listings
It will be televised on ESPN (USA), MUTV (Worldwide), Digi Sport (Eastern Europe), Al Jazeera Sport (Middle East), and on SuperSport (South Africa).
New England Revolution v Manchester United Preview
Man Utd manager Alex Ferguson
“As we experienced last season, we’ve seen the rise in United States soccer,” said Ferguson. “We expect a really difficult game, as we did last season. All the games were very, very tough, so we look forward to it. Hopefully we do ourselves justice, but most importantly it’ll be a step forward in terms of fitness, which is one of the reasons we’re here.”
“I think the Revolution will be ahead of us in fitness,” said Ferguson, whose side just began training sessions last week. “Last year, we had a really difficult game in Kansas and it was a reminder that no matter what game you go into, you can lose a game of football if you don’t prepare properly and go in with the right attitude and right approach to things. It can happen.”
Revolution manager Steve Nicol
“We’re looking forward to the game immensely.”
“It’ll be a great experience for [the players] to play against one of the best teams on the planet and some of the best players on the planet. I’m sure it’ll be a great experience for our guys. Hopefully we can do well and that’ll give us some confidence to take into the rest of the season.”
Man Utd player Wayne Rooney
“On this tour it’s important for us to get the fitness work in and get fit for that first game of the season.”
“Through the games we know we’ll do that because teams in MLS are physical teams. They work hard and that’ll push us as well to get more work in the games. I’m sure come the end of the trip, we’ll have gotten a lot of fitness work in.”
“You look at those players and obviously when you see the way they play and then you look at MLS, it’s similar to the way they play.”
“They work hard, they’re physical and they’ve got quality.
“They’re so committed.”
“I think for any team to have players who are committed like that, it’s a great ability to have to be that committed and to work hard. I think the league’s definitely on the rise and I’m sure within the next five or 10 years, it’ll be one of the major leagues in world football.”
Man Utd player Ashley Young
“You look at how teams are these days, and the football has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years,” Young said. “We know we’re going to have tough games throughout this tour and that always helps to be able to have tough games. It sets you up for the league when you go back to England.
“We’re looking forward to every game that we’ve got,” he continued. “It’s about building your fitness up, but at the end of the day, you don’t want to go out there and lose the games.”
New England Revolution v Manchester United Prediction
Man U wins 2-1
New England Revolution v Manchester United Betting Odds
NE win – 7/1
Draw – 7/2
United win – 2/7