Reserves to finish pre-season with trip to St. Andrews
Posted by nickogs20 on August 7, 2008
With a three-week gap between the trip to face Chelsea’s second string at Cobham and the start of the Premier Reserve League season, United have taken the opportunity to squeeze in one final warm-up game to complete the reserves’ pre-season preparations.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will travel to St. Andrews on Tuesday September 9th to face Birmingham City’s reserve team, nine days before they kick off their league campaign at home to Blackburn Rovers. Birmingham have decided to opt out of reserve league football this season, preferring to arrange regular friendlies against theoretically more challenging opposition, so this friendly is mutually beneficial. The Blues have provided the England youth setup with a number of promising youngsters over the past few years and should pose a stern test for United, exactly what is needed on the eve of a new season.
That leaves the remainder of the reserves’ pre-season programme looking like this:
August 7th – Northwich Victoria home (Marstons Arena, Northwich)
August 18th – Chelsea home (Marstons Arena, Northwich)
August 26th – Chelsea away (Cobham Training Ground)
September 9th – Birmingham City away (St. Andrews, Birmingham)
As stated, the reserves are in action tonight, playing hosts to their hosts if that makes any sense. Blue Square Premier side Northwich Victoria are the ‘visitors’ and they could include two ex-Reds in their ranks – Aaron Burns and Jamie Mullan, both released in 2007, are now members of the Vics’ squad. The United squad should be similar to that which won the Lancashire Senior Cup last Wednesday, although Danny Simpson will be missing after his loan to Blackburn and Rodrigo Possebon, Darron Gibson and Fraizer Campbell are all likely to be absent after being involved in the first team’s game with Juventus last night.
Tonight’s game at the Marstons Arena kicks off at 7.45pm, we’ll have a full report to come later on.