Fergie hits out at friendlies

Ferguson is currently in the United States, where he will launch

Manchester United’s summer tour tomorrow. But the United boss is

obviously aware that England will tackle Ghana in a sell-out

friendly tomorrow, 48 hours after his beloved Scotland were beaten

by Brazil at the Emirates Stadium. As a former international

manager himself, Ferguson does understand why such matches are

arranged. But given so many senior players are often missing – his

own Wayne Rooney was one of five released by Fabio Capello

yesterday – Ferguson does not see the value. “I am all in favour of

the competitions. The players should play in the major

competitions; the European Championship, the World Cup,” he told US

digital station Sirius XM. “But friendlies are a waste of time as

far as I am concerned. We always say that. “It is understandable

for the coach. They have the players for a period when they can

influence them and can build and shape their team. I can understand

that completely. “But every time there are friendlies you get six

or seven call offs. “It is sometimes worthless for the manager to

build on that because of the lack of players.” United are set to

unveil a five-match tour that will open in Boston on July 14 and

conclude with a high-profile meeting with fellow Champions League

challengers Barcelona in Washington on July 30. The club have

confirmed they will face the Major League Soccer All-Stars team at

the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey on July 27.