TOUR 2011 NEWS

"All players will want to play in a testimonial for Scholes because of the service he has given this football club. The crowd will react fantastically to the game."

- Mike Phelan

01/08/2011 08:59, Report by Adam Marshall
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Tour satisfies Phelan

United assistant manager Mike Phelan has outlined exactly what the coaching staff have learned from the pre-season tour of the US. 

The Reds' number two is looking ahead to a busy week that includes Paul Scholes' testimonial on Friday and the Community Shield against City on Sunday.

However, he feels the tour has succeeded in getting the players' fitness levels up to the required standard in preparation for the new campaign.

"We have got out of the tour what we wanted," explained Phelan to PA Sport. "We have come away with no injury problems. All the players have contributed to a good tour. We are happy with the way things have gone. Our fitness levels are up and we finished off with a nice win.

"The tours are very important. You want to see how far they have come since their loan period. Where it is going to take them next and can they fit into the squad of players we have? Overall, on this tour, we have seen some good additions to the family.

"We have had some good facilties. We trained well. We got the training days in that we wanted. The games have gradually built up. We are happy with that. All our players have got two games in length behind them. Now we move onto a busy schedule.

"We have a testimonial match for Paul Scholes. Then we have the Community Shield, then we have an international, then the league kicks off. It all comes thick and fast.

"All players will want to play in a testimonial for Scholes because of the service he has given this football club. The crowd will react fantastically to the game. All the players we use will get those extra few minutes, then we will move

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