24th July, 2012
Shanghai Shenhua of China’s new buy and Cote d’Ivoire’s skipper, Didier Drogba, will Wednesday rekindle his rivalry with Manchester United of England in a club friendly at the Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China.
Manchester United touched down in Shanghai early this morning in preparation for the match. The game is billed as a friendly, but the Red Devils will not be taking it lightly as Shanghai are the new home of ex-Chelsea striker, Drogba, a man they know all too well.
Manchester United are coming off a season in which they finished tied for the most points in the Barclay’s Premier League, but lost the title to rivals Manchester City. While they never really have to rebuild all that much, they are certainly looking to retool and take back the title from their hated rivals.
In their last two friendly matches, they played a 1-0 win over AmaZula FC and a 1-1 draw against Ajax Cape Town. Look for them to try to improve in Shanghai and come out with a pretty competitive squad, even without Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs making the trip.
Shanghai is 1-2-2 in their five matches in July and sit in 12th place in the Chinese Super League with an overall record of 4-8-6. That mark is bound to improve as Drogba and other former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka make their marks on the team and the league.