DURBAN (Sporting Alert) — Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that new recruit Shinji Kagawa will start for Manchester United in Wednesday’s opening DHL tour game against AmaZulu.
The Manchester United manager has selected a mixture of experienced and youth for the important tour and he said he will mix things up in all the preseason games.
Kagawa, who signed from German champions Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer, will make his debut when he starts alongside Javier Chicharito Hernandez in attack, while the boss noted that Anders Lindegaard, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick will all start as well.
Amongst the youngsters set to start the game are Robbie Brady, who will operate at left-back and Jesse Lingard, who will play further up the pitch.
“The priority is to get the experienced players fit but young players will play in each game. It’s likely that Kagawa will start with Chicharito,” Ferguson confirmed.
“Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes will play. So too Anders Lindegaard, Lingard and Brady at left-back. Antonio Valencia will play.
“Young Robbie Brady will be at left-back. He’s actually an outside-left but we believe there’s the possibility he’ll develop into a left-back. He was on loan last year at Hull City and did very well. He’ll certainly figure at left-back.”
Fergie added: “I don’t know how many substitutes will be allowed – we need to establish that – but I’m sure we can be flexible. It’s important the young players get a chance to play on such a big occasion.
“Left-back is an area which we’re paying attention to. Patrice, in the last five years has played an average of 45-50 games. It’s phenomenal. I don’t know if anybody else has achieved that. He’s still a fit lad and has the same drive and ambition. He’s a fighter.
“Fabio went to QPR, which was so important for the boy because he has enormous ability, but he needs to play. Because Evra, touch wood, is never injured, the opportunities haven’t been there for the boy.
“He played a few games last season but it’s not enough for a young boy of 21 years. He needed to continue with his progress. With Fabio at QPR for a year, we’re just a little short in that department.
“That’s why we’re trying Robbie Brady at left-back. We also have Tyler Blackett here – he’s a big, strong boy, tall and quick going forward.
“But he’s only just turned 18. He has time on his side but he’s here for the experience and he may yet surprise us.”