Ferdinand promises goals for the Red Devils’ Sydney fan base
Rio Ferdinand wants Manchester United to put on a show for their Sydney fan base in Saturday’s clash with the Foxtel A-League All Stars XI.
The Premier League champions are making their second pre-season visit to Australia since 1999 as they embark on the second leg of their Asia tour ahead of the 2013/14 campaign, in which they face a battle to retain their title.
United head into the new term under manager David Moyes and the Scot couldn’t have asked for a worse start to life in the Old Trafford hot seat as his side succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of a Singha All Star XI in Bangkok last week.
Moyes will be hoping for an improved result when the Red Devils take on the A-League’s finest, captained by former Blackburn midfielder Brett Emerton, at the ANZ Stadium, which has already sold out its 84,000 seat capacity.
And Ferdinand sent out a jovial message to their opponents ahead of the game before pledging to wow the supporters Down Under.
“We’re gonna beat you, man!” the 34-year-old told Football Australia.
“We want to get fit, that’s the most important thing and don’t pick up any injuries.
“We want to put on a good show for the fans that are coming to see us and hopefully we can score a few goals for them.”
After their brief sojourn in Australia the next stop for United on their tour is Japan, where they will take on the F·Marinos in Yokohama on 23 July.