The Manchester United vs A-League All Stars game didn’t quite live up to its billing on the pitch. Firstly, three of the A-League’s biggest marquee players (Del Piero, Heskey, Ono) all declined to play in the game. Secondly, the rest of the best of Australian A-League talent was in Asia playing international matches against Japan and China for the Socceroos. So what we got was Besart Berisha, Thomas Broich and the best of the third-choice A-League stars playing against Man Utd. The game ended up finishing 5-1 in a lopsided encounter but I didn’t care too much really since I got to see Berisha score against United after a nice link up with Broich. That was what I wanted and I got my birthday present.
The concept of traveling superstar teams is a popular one in Australia. Manchester United vs A-League All Stars and Liverpool vs Melbourne Victory were attended by a combined crowd of over 190,000 people. I look forward to seeing who they bring out next year. Some more high profile exhibition games against Brisbane Roar wouldn’t go amiss.