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27/07/2010 08:43, Report by N.Coppack, G.Thompson

Smalling eyes big test

New boy Chris Smalling is relishing the opportunity to test himself against the biggest stars in Major League Soccer.

United play an MLS All-Star XI in Houston on Wednesday 28 July (19:30 CDT, Thursday 29 July 01:30 BST) and the former Fulham defender is keen to make his mark.

“The first three games [on the tour] have provided us with a good challenge and to be up against the best players in the MLS will be an even bigger task for us," Smalling told media at a press conference in Houston. "I’m really looking forward to it.”

So far on tour, the Reds have beaten Celtic (3-1) and Philadelphia Union (1-0) before losing last Sunday against Kansas City Wizards (0-1). Now Sir Alex’s men face the cream of the American league, including World Cup star Landon Donovan.

“The main aim with pre-season is getting your fitness levels right,” Smalling said, “but we want to win every game and we hope we can do that on Wednesday.”

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MLS All-Stars XI v United
28 July, 2010 (19:30 CDT*)
Reliant Stadium, Houston

* 01:30 BST, Thursday 29 July

Live video: MUTV or MUTV Online (geographical restrictions apply).

ManUtd.com will also carry a match report and reaction from Sir Alex and the players.

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