Brown looks for flying start

BY foxsports • July 12, 2010

The experienced defender, who will join the rest of the squad today when they fly out on their summer tour, is disappointed at the way the last campaign panned out. United lost their Barclays Premier League crown to Chelsea and went out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Bayern Munich. The Carling Cup was little consolation and Brown said: "We were close last season but it was never really in our hands. We've got to make sure it is this season. "Like we say every year, the Premier League and the Champions League are the ones we really want to win, so we've got to come back better and stronger this season." Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has drafted in talented youngsters Chris Smalling from Fulham and Javier Hernandez from Chivas de Guadalajara during the summer. Smalling is setting off with the squad to their training camp in Chicago - they face Celtic on Friday in Toronto. Hernandez will join the players later in the tour in Houston after representing Mexico in the World Cup. Brown is looking forward to seeing the new recruits in action and putting last season to rest. He said: "You do think about your disappointments, especially when the season's finished. "But now it's completely new and we've got to put that behind us. We've got some new players and we can start again." Ferguson will be without a number of key players on the tour with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra all on holiday after the World Cup. In addition injuries have further depleted the squad with Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen, Owen Hargreaves, Antonio Valencia and Anderson all absent. However, Nani has made a quick recovery from a broken collarbone and is joining the group. Following the match in Toronto, United will meet Philadelphia Union at Lincoln Financial Field on July 21. That is followed by a match against the Kansas City Wizards at Arrowhead Stadium on July 25. They then finish the tour against the MLS All-Stars in Houston on July 28.

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