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The Manchester United juggernaut rolled into Perth this week ahead of two games at Optus Stadium, and striker Marcus Rashford has admitted to not being very familiar with the first of their opponents.
The Red Devils take on A-League side Perth Glory on Saturday in front of what is expected to be a crowd of over 50,000 people.
“I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about them, but the facilities have been good here,” the England international said.
“We’ve had a good couple of days of training so everyone’s looking forward to that game and I’m sure Perth are as well.”
Asked if he expected a comfortable United win, Rashford gave away little other than to suggest that fitness levels could be a big factor in the result.
“They could be fitter than us, we could be fitter than them and in preseason that’s probably the biggest challenge,” he said.
“But we know that we’ve worked hard so we’re just looking forward to the game.”
Rashford recently signed a new four-year contract with an option to extend for another year and is now earning around $360,000 per week.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to help the club get back to where they were and what we all know as Manchester United,” he said.
“The decision wasn’t a hard decision because I don’t feel like we’ve done that so everyone’s looking forward to trying to get that dream done.”
Another man who is right behind United is WA Premier Mark McGowan who was like a kid at Christmas as he welcomed them to Perth at today’s media conference at the WACA.
As well as ensuring that Perth’s landmarks have turned red to mark the visit of the Premier League giants, the Premier took the opportunity to pose for photos with United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a shirt that had ‘McGowan 19’ on the back.
“We beat Victoria for the right to have Manchester United train here in Western Australia, and I must say that Manchester United got the better half of that deal because you have come to the best part of Australia,” he said.
Around 21,000 visitors from over 30 countries are expected to descend on Perth for the two United games.
McGowan was also keen to point the State’s links to Britain, pointing out that one in nine West Australians (around 300,000) were born that part of the world.
While McGowan is putting his heart and soul into the #MUTOUR, fans of Perth Glory have been critical of his support for the local game.
The premier only attended his first A-League contest in May of this year when the local side beat Adelaide United to make the grand final.
“I was wondering what the hell I was listening to him for, he doesn’t know anything about football,” said Glory owner Tony Sage who was sat next to McGowan for that game.
A proper home for the round ball code has long been on the agenda for Football West without coming to fruition but both the Labor Party and the Liberal Party recently pledged their support for the construction of a State Football Centre in Queens Park near Cannington.