Manchester United face Shinji Kagawa’s old team tomorrow, Cerezo Osaka. The Japanese playmaker spent four years at the club, scoring 57 goals in 127 appearances before leaving for Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2010. Kagawa is still one of the stars of Japan, a player they love, much like David Beckham in England. This match will be another tough one for United with the temperatures expected to reach 34 degrees celsius tomorrow, it will be a match that will push the aqua to its limit.
The last match in Yokohama resulted in a 3-2 loss for United, the second loss of the tour, but negativity aside, these training matches are to bring match fitness to the squad ahead of the coming season. The competitive matches start in just over two weeks with the curtain raiser of the new season, the FA Community Shield against Wigan Athletic at Wembley.
David Moyes has near enough his full squad for the match tomorrow, with only Michael Carrick likely to miss out due to a ‘tight groin’, but he could play in Hong Kong against Kitchee FC on Monday. The gaffer was given a boost back home as Nemanja Vidic, Antonio Valencia and Nani played in a training match the the club’s AON Training Complex in Carrington. Wayne Rooney was also starting to train fully with his return to the side likely to be against AIK Fotboll on the 6th August.
Manchester United Squad:
Manager: David Moyes
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Anders Lindegaard, Ben Amos;
Defenders: Rafael da Silva, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Alexander Büttner, Fabio da Silva, Chris Smalling, Michael Keane;
Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Ashley Young, Shinji Kagawa, Wilfried Zaha, Jesse Lingard, Adnan Januzaj;
Forwards: Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck
Cerezo Osaka Squad:
Coach: Levir Culpi
Goalkeepers: Yohei Takeda, Kim Jin-Hyeon, Gu Sung-Yun;
Defenders: Takahiro Ogihara, Teruyuki Moniwa, Kota Fujimoto, Toru Araiba, Tatasuya Yamashita, Kenta Mukuhara;
Midfielders: Hotaru Yamaguchi, Yoichiro Kakitani, Jumpei Kusukami, Yusuke Maruhashi, Takamitsu Yoshino, Takuma Edamura, Noriyuki Sakemoto, Tomonobu Yokoyama, Masato Kurogi, Daichi Akiyama, Shota Inoue, Daiki Kogure, Fàbio Simplício, Branquinho, Takeru Okada;
Forwards: Edno, Ryūji Bando, Takumi Minamino, Kenyu Sugimoto, Ryo Nagai