Reserves set for Dublin double-header
Posted by nickogs20 on August 14, 2010
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his reserve side to Dublin tomorrow for the first of two games in the Platinum One Challenge.
The three-team round robin tournament gets underway tomorrow night when United face Shamrock Rovers, with Arsenal lying in wait for both teams next Thursday and Sunday respectively. The competition will provide the Reds with a brace of competitive fixtures to finish off their pre-season programme, as well as allowing Irish fans to see what we hope will be the next generation of United stars.
“Our current first team contains many players like Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, John O’Shea, Darren Fletcher, Jonny Evans, Darron Gibson and Wes Brown who have come through the ranks and some of the talent on show in Dublin will hopefully be in Sir Alex’s mind in the near future,” said Solskjaer at the tournament’s launch. “For these players to get additional competitive action early in the season is welcome“.
As arguably Ireland’s biggest club and current leaders in the Airtricity League, Shamrock Rovers should pose a stern test for Solskjaer’s young side, who will be looking to rebound from last week’s disappointing 4-1 reverse at Chelsea. Danny Welbeck, now on loan at Sunderland, will be missing from the squad that travelled to London last week, but Gary Neville is expected to continue his comeback from injury and may well be joined by senior teammate Patrice Evra, still yet to don the red shirt this season after his extended post-World Cup break.
To get an idea of the sort of squad likely to be travelling tomorrow, here’s the group who were involved last week (minus Welbeck): Ben Amos, Conor Devlin, Sam Johnstone; Gary Neville, Ritchie de Laet, Oliver Gill, Joe Dudgeon, Scott Wootton, Zeki Fryers, Reece Brown; Corry Evans, Magnus Eikrem, Rodrigo Possebon, Oliver Norwood, Ryan Tunnicliffe; Nicky Ajose, Will Keane.
The game at the Tallaght Stadium kicks off at 7pm and tickets – priced at €15 – can still be purchased from www.ticketmaster.ie. We’ll have a full report up after the match and, hopefully, live updates throughout the evening via our Twitter feed.