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!
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