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

The 20-year-old officially became a Manchester United player on 1 July. Eleven days later he jetted off on pre-season tour and, along with his new

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


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