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Hodgson`s Promise!

International friendly fixtures must be dreaded by club managers.

Our own Sir Alex Ferguson has, in the past, expressed his own reservations about their validity, obviously mindful of losing key players, through injury.

Tonight, with England taking on Brazil at Wembley, Sir Alex will be hoping none of the United players involved, pick up injuries or are over-exerted.

Thankfully, Roy Hodgson, acutely aware that United have a crucial Champions League fixture against Real Madrid looming, has indicated that the United contingent will be treated gently, remarking a this pre-match press conference,

"It`s pretty obvious Alex Ferguson would like me to go easy on his players. I`ve not spoken to Alex but I don`t need to. I was a club manager myself."

"This is a friendly, a very important one. We want to win it, play well and keep progressing - but I don`t want to do that at the expense of players missing important Champions League games and then managers being reluctant to release their players."

So what do we reckon?

A few substitutions around the sixty minute mark!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 6 2013

Time: 4:37PM

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The FA are just as guilty for youngsters not fulfilling their potential as clubs who overplay their players in the first place. Smalling was perhaps over relied on too much already in his united career and got injured. He's just got back from injury and we've been more careful with how much we're playing him yet the FA and Hodgson deem it fit for him to play in a pointless friendly. I understand getting them playing as a team and use to international football is important but a friendly isn't competitive and one game in the middle of the week is hardly going to be a bonding experience. Silly time for a friendly. Think a note should be taken out of other national teams books, why select players you've seen play regularly and know how good they are? These friendlies should be an opportunity for the more obscure names to establish themselves, we might stumble across a jan koller or samaras, nothing special at club level but a real international player.
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06/02/2013 19:08:00

Some poetic justice with that victory over brazil tonight. Perhaps next time Neymar will concentrate more on actually turning up to the game rather than worrying about the match winning ability of his opponents. The only thing that kid is world class at is running his mouth and buying into his own hype. His got the potential to be a great player but never will be in the same breath as Ronaldo and Messi and certainly not worth 50 mil.
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