Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson knows that the depth within his roster would allow him to pick a strong side for the team’s overseas pre-season matches but admits that an eventful summer of international football has created some confusion.
A plethora of stars participated in Euro 2012 while some others are going to be participating in the London Olympics that begin later this month.
The busy summer schedule has left Fergie with some uncertainty regarding the make-up of his final pre-season squad and the manager has opened up about the dilemma he faces.
“It’s been very difficult trying to gauge what players I can take on the tour because I want to represent us in the proper way. When we go to the Far East in particular, we have such a great fan-base over there and we don’t want to let them down,” Sir Alex told Manchester United’s official website.
The Scot subsequently noted: “We should have a good group of players going on tour. Obviously the players who played in the European Championship won’t be involved [except Anders Lindegaard] and Ryan Giggs and Tom Cleverley won’t be involved because they’re at the Olympics.”
Nevertheless, United can boast of one of the deepest squads in the English top flight and seeing how many experienced members of the squad did not partake in international football this summer, Ferguson has chosen to be optimistic about his selection dilemma.
“But, other than that [the players who cannot make it], we have Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Chicharito, Antonio Valencia…so we have a good standard of players going out there,” the manager concluded.