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Pre-season programme takes shape; date set for LSC Final

Posted by nickogs20 on June 16, 2009

2008/09 is done and dusted but, as is evermore the case in football these days, the start of the next campaign will soon be upon us, kicking off with the first pre-season fixtures in little over a month. While the first team will be touring Asia, taking part in the inaugural Audi Cup in Munich and entertaining Valencia at Old Trafford, the reserves and academy have their own itinerary fast taking shape.

The RESERVES already have a number of games in place, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks to get his side fully up to speed ahead of the Lancashire Senior Cup Final, which has been carried over from last season. That clash with Bolton Wanderers has now been scheduled for Monday August 17th, at the County Ground in Leyland – Lancashire FA’s headquarters.

The reserves are first in action (under the guise of ‘Manchester United XI’, as with all the friendlies confirmed so far) a month prior to that, when they make the relatively short trip north to face AFC Fylde on Friday July 17th (7.45pm KO). Last autumn there was some media coverage given to a promise Sir Alex Ferguson apparently gave to Fylde’s manager Mick Fuller at the Northern Sports Writers Awards, that he would send a side to face the Unibond League newcomers in a friendly. The great man has been as good as his word, and thus the Reds will get their preparations started at Kellamergh Park.

The other side of that weekend, Solskjaer’s charges will face another journey north on Monday July 20th, albeit only as far as Rochdale‘s Spotland Stadium. The second string cruised to a 4-1 win at that venue during their Lancashire Senior Cup campaign last season, but that was against Dale’s reserves – Keith Hill’s first team, who made the League Two playoffs in 08/09, will pose a much tougher test. Several of those who shone in that victory are also likely to be away in the Far East with the first team.

The only weekend fixture scheduled thus far comes on Saturday July 25th, and it’s the toughest one of the lot. Norwich City may have been relegated last season, but even as a League One outfit they will be formidable opponents and big favourites, with a big Carrow Road crowd likely to be in attendance. More details on this game in our post from last month.

The Reds then face another team facing up to life after relegation just three days later, on Tuesday July 28th. Luton Town were hugely unlucky to lose their league status and drop into the Blue Square Premier last season, the 30 point deduction they suffered for various financial irregularities ultimately proving too much to overcome, despite a valiant effort from Mick Harford’s side. The Hatters will undoubtedly offer another stern test of the reserves’ credentials when they meet in a 7.45pm kick-off at Kenilworth Road.

The final fixture before United defend their LSC crown comes on Tuesday August 4th, in somewhat familiar surroundings. It will be the first of many games for Solskjaer’s side at Altrincham‘s Moss Lane ground this season, but almost certainly the only one where they will be the away side. This will be the third successive pre-season the two sides have met at Moss Lane, and the Reds will be looking for a third straight win. Last year saw goals from Macheda (2) and Possebon win the game 3-0, although crowd trouble involving a number of United fans saw the game abandoned five minutes early. Kick-off is again 7.45pm.

Full list
17/7/09 – AFC Fylde (a), 7.45pm
20/7/09 – Rochdale (a), 7.30pm
25/7/09 – Norwich City (a), 3pm
28/7/09 – Luton Town (a), 7.45pm
4/8/09 – Altrincham (a), 7.45pm
17/8/09 – Bolton (n), 7.45pm

The list of games arranged for the ACADEMY is less extensive thus far, with their annual trip to the Milk Cup being sandwiched by what appears to be a tournament at Carrington on Wednesday July 15th, involving Rochdale, Burnley and Blackpool, and a friendly against Huddersfield Town on Saturday August 15th (also at Carrington). There’s likely to be one or more two fixtures arranged, and many of the U18s will of course be involved with the reserves.

Full list
15/7/09 – Rochdale, Burnley, Blackpool (h), 3pm
27-31/7/09 – Northern Ireland Milk Cup
15/8/09 – Huddersfield Town (h), 11am

If, as and when we get news of further games being arranged, we’ll bring you all the details here. Look out for ticket and travel details on the above games a bit nearer the time as well.

8 Responses to “Pre-season programme takes shape; date set for LSC Final”

  1. harts said

    How many reserves lads will go on the Asia tour do you think? Last year it was Possebon, Cathcart, and cleverley. Same again?
    or have the likes of eckersley, chester, hewson and brandy got a chance? Any views.

  2. Tone said

    I would imagine Kiko and Danny going. Hewson is being offered a new contract, so he might go, and I would personally like to see James and Drinkwater given a chance.

  3. Norries said

    Harts jst like to correct u thr, the trio whr excually nt in the initial travelling squad out to S.A, united playd two games and thn the three got flown out for the last game, bt only cleverly got to feature agaist kaizer chiefs as a late sub. Possible the poeple like matt james, corry, stewart and drinky might be left to bond with the rest of the reserves and then later fly out and join the seniors. Cheers lads. Oh, nick afta the season player poll, how about a vote on who we think will be the breakout kid of the year, new season, i am going for either ravel or stewart, alwayz been a fan of cammy – look good on the ball

    • harts said

      i knew that norries… But cleverley, possebon and cathcart all featured at least twice.

      Matty James and Drinkwater are set to play for England in the Under 19’s tournament end of july. So them 2 won’t feature in the reserves friendlies much.

      Is it me or do the reserves play against much tougher opposition in the pre-season this summer?! Our hardest game was oxford last season but this time round we play Norwich and Rochdale who are football league clubs!
      It must be due to the quality we have in reserve and they need better standard of games.

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  6. Tone said

    I’ve just been told that the match against AFC Fylde is all tickets, £10 standing, £12 uncovered seats, £15 covered seats…!

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