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MANAGER: We'll expect a tough, physical test

Gav Skelton head of the Chorley friendly

25 July 2023

United head to Chorley for their latest friendly on Tuesday night and assistant boss Gav Skelton highlighted that he expects it to be another tough test.

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“It’ll be physical and competitive,” he said. “They did well last year. They play in a very competitive league and will be expecting to do well again this year, and we’re getting closer to the season.

“We’ll expect a tough physical test. The good thing is that we’ve had some good tests that way already, and you need that.

“It showed on Saturday in the second half, where we stepped off a bit, in a sadistic strange way you’re kind of pleased we were light where we were so it doesn’t get glossed over, and we’re not shocked in two weeks.

“It showed the need of just getting back in that habit, and they’ve done that, which is pleasing. As we keep saying, we play Fleetwood in two weeks.

“I always think you have an idea of who will start in that game, you come back at the start of pre-season and you have an idea, but things happen.

“Injuries happen, someone disappoints you, someone surprises you, you have new signings. I don’t think we’re a million miles off, but there’s always a few places up for grabs.

“That means people can force their way into it. People always do. I know sometimes, I probably did myself, you look into everything, and sometimes there’s nothing behind why that team’s playing that way that day.

“So with two weeks to go, we have a rough idea, but there’s still plenty of places up for grabs.”

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