As preparation for the 2008/09 season, Manchester United arranged a tour to South Africa, where they have a significant fanbase. It also acted as assurance that the African country is capable of hosting the 2010 World Cup and the 2009 Confederations Cup, as all three matches played by the Red Devils attracted record attendances. Sir Alex Ferguson brought a squad made up of experienced players, young first-team stars, and backup youngsters which were given the opportunity to shine.
The first match was held at the Newlands Stadium against Kaizer Chiefs. The score was 1-1, with the Man Utd goal coming from promising right-winger Chris Eagles on the 60th minute.Â For a full match report, click this link.
After the disappointing draw in the previous match, Man Utd improved their performance to win Orlando Pirates by 1-0 on the 22nd July at the King’s Park Stadium, goal coming from hot prospect Lee Martin, who showed that he can go on to become a good left-winger in the future. Match Report
The current English and European Champions carried forward their good form into the third and final match of the South Africa tour, showing that the future is bright for the young army of Sir Alex Ferguson. This match featured first-team experience as well as exciting future potential, as the four goals by the Red Devils were divided evenly between the two categories. Giggs and Rooney scored a goal each, and then Reserves players Cleverley and Campbell added the third and fourth respectively. Match Report
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