Pre-Season Friendly
Gresty Road


Kick-off: 7.30pm

29/07/2013 16:25, Report by Adam Marshall

Vida, Nani and Valencia back

First-team stars Nemanja Vidic, Antonio Valencia and Nani will step up their return to action by featuring in the pre-season friendly against Crewe Alexandra tonight.

Vidic has recovered from sciatica and will lead the side while Nani and Antonio Valencia were excused from making the trip on the 2013 Tour presented by Aon due to their international commitments with Nani also suffering from a nasal problem.

The experienced international trio will add extra glamour to the proceedings with United fans able to pay on the gate for the 7.30pm kick-off against the League One outfit.

Nick Powell misses out on facing his former club as he is still bidding to return following surgery on his back but there are plenty of other exciting young talents on show including England Under-20 trio Sam Johnstone, Tom Thorpe and Larnell Cole.

James Wilson, who is still eligible for the Under-18s, is also in the squad and he hails from nearby Biddulph.

United: Johnstone, Gollini; Grimshaw, Wootton, Vidic, Vermijl, Thorpe; Pearson, Rothwell, Cole, Valencia, Petrucci, Nani; Bebe, Lawrence, Wilson, Macheda.

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