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Friday 5 August
17:05 The manager also waxed lyrical about the man we'll be paying homage to a little later - Paul Scholes. "To my mind Scholes will go down as one of the greatest players of all time for Manchester United," he insisted. "I was with Fabien Barthez on Wednesday having a chat and he said 'pass my regards on to Scholesy, he's the best player I ever played with'." (GT)
16:51 Sir Alex said earlier he fully expects Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to be named in Fabio Capello's England squad - when it is announced on Saturday evening - for the friendly with Holland at Wembley next Wednesday. And the boss wouldn't be surprised to see youngsters Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley included in the group either. All four represented their country at the recent U21 championships and Sir Alex feels they have a great future ahead of them: "They're all players of great potential. " (GT)
14:48 I don't know why, but despite all the pre-season action in the USA and this week's testimonials, I hadn't really felt like the season was about to start until today. But now we've had Sir Alex's Community Shield press conference and are a matter of hours away from Scholesy's farewell, I'm right in the mood for the proper action to begin again. Come on Reds! (JT)
12:19 It's all a bit strange to be preparing for a match on a Friday night, but I'm certainly looking forward to Scholesy's testimonial later. As Nick mentioned earlier, Stretford End Flags have once