Man Utd Announces Full Tour Roster

Giggs, Scholes, Nani, Fletcher, Van der Sar, Berbatov Headed to PHI

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NEW YORK (July 9, 2010) – Manchester United unveiled today their 23-man travel
roster for the upcoming four-market North American Tour. The list of
international superstars includes legendary midfielders Ryan Giggs (Wales) and
Paul Scholes (England), as well as Edwin Van der Sar (Holland), Nani (Portugal)
and Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria). 

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The team’s recent marquee acquisition,
heralded Mexican forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, is scheduled to join
the squad in Houston on July 27. Chicharito scored two goals for Mexico
at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Today the club announced that
Gary Neville, will not be traveling due to a last minute setback at training
(small tear to his calf muscle).

The 2009 English Premier League champions Manchester United will face the MLS
All-Stars in the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Reliant Stadium, in
Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, July 28 (live on ESPN2 and TeleFutura at 8:30
p.m. ET). The game marks the last stop of the tour, which also
includes matches against Major League Soccer’s Kansas City Wizards (July 25 in Kansas City), Philadelphia Union (July 21 in Philadelphia), along with
Scottish power Celtic F.C. (July 16 in Toronto). 

Manchester United’s North American tour is being presented by Major League
Soccer and Creative Artists Agency (CAA). The tour will mark the first time
United have played games in this region of the world since 2004.

Led by Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United is one of the most recognized clubs
in the world, lifting a total of 18 English Premier League titles, four Carling
cups, three European Cups and a record 11 FA Cups. In 1999, United were the
first team to win the Treble (English Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions
League) in one season. Founded in 1878, the Red Devils have competed in the top
division of English soccer since 1938, with the exception of the 1974-75
season.
 
Giggs, a midfielder from Wales, is English football’s most decorated player. He
has also made more appearances (838) that any other player in United’s history.
Scholes has been a staple in the Manchester United midfield since making his
debut in 1994. In addition to his 643 club appearances and 149 goals,
he has been capped 66 times by the English National Team, having played in two
FIFA World Cups.  

Van der Sar is the most capped player in
the history of the Dutch National Team, and has won the UEFA Champion’s League
with two different teams. Speedy winger Nani was on the Portuguese National
Team roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but had to withdraw just days out due
to a shoulder injury. Berbatov is the all-time leading scorer in the history of
the Bulgarian National Team and a six-time Bulgarian Player of the Year. He has
scored 26 goals since joining Manchester United in 2008.  

MANCHESTER
UNITED 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER




GOALKEEPERS: Ben Amos (ENG), Tomasz
Kuszczak (POL), Edwin van de Sar (NED)
 

DEFENDERS: Wes Brown (ENG), Fabio Da
Silva (BRA), Rafael Da Silva (BRA), Ritchie De Laet (BEL), Corry Evans (NIR),
Jonny Evans (NIR), John O'Shea (IRL), Chris Smalling (ENG)
 

MIDFIELDERS: Tom Cleverley (ENG),
Darren Fletcher (SCO), Darron Gibson (IRL), Ryan Giggs (WAL), Nani (POR),
Gabriel Obertan (FRA), Paul Scholes (ENG)
 

FORWARDS: Dimitar Berbatov (BUL),
Mame Biram Diouf (SEN), Javier Hernandez (MEX) [will join in Houston on 27
July], Federico Macheda (ITA), Danny Welbeck (ENG)

MANAGER: Sir Alex Ferguson  

ABOUT THE MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYERS



Goalkeepers:


BEN AMOS –
20-year-old goalkeeper has worked his way through the Old
Trafford ranks since the age of 11; made his first team debut in September
2008.
 

TOMASZ KUSZCZAK – The Poland
international made a stunning penalty save in his United debut.
 

EDWIN VAN DER SAR – In 2007/2008,
the Dutch international kept an incredible 24 clean sheets in all competitions;
is his nation’s most capped player.  
 

Defenders:



WES
BROWN -
A veteran of 13 seasons with
United, the rugged defender has 23 appearances for England’s national team.

RAFAEL
DA SILVA –
20-year-old Brazilian
right back was a finalist for the Premier League’s Young Player of the Year for
the 2008-2009 season.

FABIO
DA SILVA –
Rafael’s twin brother,
“Fabio” plays on the left side of United’s defense.

RITCHIE
DE LAET –
Belgian international is
eyeing more playing time after being named the Manchester United Reserve Player
of the Season in May 2010.


CORRY EVANS –
Younger brother of defender Jonny Evans, Corry settled and
excelled at centerback for United’s Reserves, rising through the ranks to train
regularly with the senior squad and has been named to a handful of first team
squads.


JONNY EVANS –
Older brother of defender Corry Evans, Northern Ireland
center back has 19 international appearances for his country.


JOHN O’SHEA –
Versatile Republic of Ireland international has played every
position – including goalkeeper – during his 11 seasons with United.

CHRIS
SMALLING –
Former Fulham defender
joined United earlier this year.

Midfielders:


TOM CLEVERLEY – A bright
future beckons for the 20-year old; was nominated for the prestigious Denzil
Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award.
 

DARREN FLETCHER – One of United’s
most consistent performers, Fletcher was named captain of the Scottish National
Team in August 2009.
 

DARRON GIBSON – A regular for the
Republic of Ireland, Gibson scored five goals in 23 appearances in the
2009/2010 season.
 

RYAN GIGGS – Nicknamed “The Welsh
Wizard,” Giggs has played for Manchester United his entire professional career,
holding a host of records, including being British football’s most decorated
player. In the 2009-2010 season, his 11 assists tied him for fifth best in the
EPL.
 

NANI – Powerful and speedy
Portuguese international put together a string of hugely impressive displays
and contributed vital goals to win over fans in the 2009/2010 season.
 

GABRIEL OBERTAN – French
international has progressed through the ranks for his country receiving caps
at Under 16, 17, 18 and 19 levels. Is currently involved in the French under 21
squad.
 

PAUL SCHOLES – The 35-year-old
midfielder has spent his entire professional career with the ‘Red Devils,’ and
has represented the England national team in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.



Forwards:


DIMITAR BERBATOV
– The all-time leading goal scorer for Bulgaria’s national
team (48 goals in 78 appearances), Berbatrov is known for scoring spectacular
goals.


MAME BIRAM DIOUF
– Senegalese international joined United in 2009 after
three seasons in Norway.
 

JAVIER HERNANDEZ – Mexican standout
scored two goals at the World  Cup in South Africa … could become "a
major influence" with United, according to the club’s assistant manager
Mike Phelan
 

FEDERICO MACHEDA – 18-year-old
Italian forward has 3 goals in 9 League appearances for United … known as
“Kiko”.


DANNY WELBECK
– Rising young winger/striker has often been compared to
Nigerian star Nwankwo Kanu.