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Pre-season friendly
Friday 10 August
London Road

PETERBOROUGH UNITED
v
MANCHESTER UNITED XI

Kick-off: 7.45pm. Live on MUTV

09/08/2012 14:47, Report by Adam Marshall
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Ryan hopes for Posh place

Ryan Tunnicliffe admits he is relishing the prospect of facing Peterborough on Friday after representing the Championship club during a loan spell last season.

The promising midfielder feels he owes a debt of gratitude to Posh for helping him mature on and off the field and pushing him closer towards his ultimate goal of making his first-team debut for United.

After appearing on the DHL tour, he is striving to finish the pre-season on a high and keep himself in Sir Alex Ferguson's thoughts ahead of the new Barclays Premier League campaign.

"I'd love to play in this one," he told ManUtd.com. "I got on well with everyone and would love to see them all down there. I was there for eight months and made a lot of good friends that I still talk to now."

It was a culture shock for the teenager to head south and live away from home whilst also trying to deal with integrating into Darren Ferguson's squad.

"I was living on my own down there and had to do my own washing and cleaning, so that was one side of it!" he explained. "I had just come straight from the youth team and wasn't really my own man so I had to make that transition and it helped me mature on and off the pitch as well.

"It just helps all round and in general terms. Being on the pitch, you get experience but I didn't start as many games as I wanted. Yet I was playing men's football which is about three points on a Saturday and not just about development. I learnt a lot and became a man, I think."

The rigours of league football helped Tunnicliffe hone his game as he is renowned for his tough tackling in the midfield.

"I'm alright on the physical side but there are a lot of bigger players than me in that league," he explained. "So you can be bigger, stronger and run for longer but, if you've got a skilful player who can do that as well, I think he's going to come out on top every time. It was good to go down there."

"It was physical. To be fair, it was a lot more physical than the Reserves games I played in and obviously the youth

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