6 Things Manchester United Fans Are Looking to See Against Shanghai Shenhua

Bimersha GautamCorrespondent IIIJuly 23, 2012

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 21:  Paul Scholes of Manchester United FC in action during the MTN Football Invitational match between Ajax Cape Town and Manchester United at Cape Town Stadium on July 21, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Manchester United face Shanghai Shenhua in their third game of preseason friendlies. 

A narrow win against AmaZulu followed by a Bebe's rescue in "Fergie-time" against Ajax Cape Town is obviously well short of Manchester United expectations. Against Shanghai, a lot more would be desired from Sir Alex Ferguson's men, as the Red Devils visit Mainland China for the first time since 2009. 

Here are six things United fans are looking to witness against their Chinese opponents. 


Shinji Kagawa Scoring

Kagawa was the man-of-the-match against Ajax Cape Town. He worked well with those around him and showed great composure on the ball. 

It is well known that Kagawa does not shy away from taking a shot, and it would be nice to see the Japanese player scoring his first goal in United colors. 

Anderson Shining

I really feel sorry for Anderson. He is a phenomenal player with a great work ethic. And just when he was about to prove his critics wrong, he succumbed to a season-long injury. 

This season will probably be the make-or-break season for the Brazilian, and if he can dictate the game against Shanghai, it might work wonders for his confidence. 


Lots of Goals

As I stated previously, United have not been particularly impressive in the goal-scoring department in the preseason tour thus far. Hence, a win by at least a couple of goals would be great to witness. 


A Change in Formation

I am one of those of the opinion that Manchester United need to alter their formation if they wish to compete in Europe and challenge the hegemony of clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, all clubs that control their game by asserting their presence in midfield. 

Furthermore, the introduction of Shinji Kagawa to the team means that either Kagawa will have to learn to tackle or learn how to play out of position, or else Ferguson will have to change his formation. 

Kagawa thrives as an attacking midfielder, and with Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes both operating as great distributors and assuming a commanding presence in midfield, a change to 4-2-3-1 might work wonders for United. 

What better time to experiment than during preseason friendlies? 


More Playing Time for Some Players

Anderson definitely needs more playing time. So does Bebe. Players like Nick Powell and Ryan Tunnicliffe could also use some more playing time to stamp their authority into the game. 


Commitment from Players

Thus far, several United players have not been particularly impressive, and many have looked well short of match fitness and have not geared into full throttle. 

What United fans seek to see is a nice interchange of passes between the players, a nice build-up, energetic wing play and an all-around solid team effort. 


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