players and coaching staff. I also remember the heat and humidity. I couldn’t understand how it was possible to play football in those conditions. I remember coming back to play in England and thinking, ‘This is easy’. But that’s part of pre-season: if you can run in that heat then it’s going to bring on your fitness an awful lot.
Wednesday's game in China will pit United’s defence against two old foes: Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka. They now play for Shanghai Shenhua and I think everybody's looking forward to this test. To be honest, though, most games on pre-season are a test anyway, whether it’s because of the weather conditions you’re playing in or simply because, for the other team, the game is like a cup final.
When you add in top-class players like Drogba and Anelka things could get really interesting. They’re brilliant players and they’ll want to make a big impact on the game and help their team to victory. There’s no question it’s going to be tough in Shanghai and United won’t take anything for granted.