TOUR NEWS & FEATURES

26/07/2013 06:39, Report by James Tuck

Match preview: Cerezo Osaka

Date, time and coverage: Friday 26 July, 11:00 BST (19:00 local). MUTV's live coverage starts at 10:30 BST. (Live coverage not available in all MUTV regions, please check local listings). To subscribe, visit manutd.com/joinnow or call 08708 48 68 88.

Form guide: United conceded early and late goals to lose 3-2 to Yokohama F•Marinos on Tuesday in the third game of Tour 2013 presented by Aon. The Reds are likely to be in for a similarly tough test against Cerezo Osaka, who have won four of their last six J-League games, including a 2-1 win over the Marinos a fortnight ago, and are fifth in the table.

Ins and outs: Robin van Persie is fit after being taken off as a precaution in Yokohama with a thigh strain. David Moyes is set to make use of his full squad to cope with the heat in Osaka but expects Danny Welbeck to play. Michael Carrick (groin) is still a doubt, while Shinji Kagawa is almost certain to play some part against his former club.

Opposition boss: Well-travelled Brazilian Levi Culpi has had three different stints in charge of Cerezo, the first of which was in 1997. His current spell began in August last year. Culpi was responsible for bringing Kagawa's talent to the fore in 2007 and the duo helped Cerezo earn promotion to the J-League's top flight in 2010.

Did you know? 'Cerezo' means 'cherry tree' in Spanish, cherry being the flower of Osaka city. Shinji signed for the club in 2006 while still at high school and went on to score 55 goals in 125 appearances for his hometown team.

Star man: Yoichiro Kakitani is Cerezo's top scorer so far this season with 10 goals in 17 appearances. The attacking midfielder made his international debut for Japan earlier this year.

Quote/unquote: "Cerezo set me out on the international arena. The fans and supporters are back here to see me play for my club and I want to perform with my utmost effort." - Shinji Kagawa

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