Last updated : 02 August 2004 By Ed


"You would like to win pre-season friendlies but the important thing is to get to August 11 and to get my best 11 players to take us hopefully into the next stage of European football," he said.

"You have to look at the long view and it is about bringing players on gradually.

"The important thing is to come away with something from a game.

"Wes Brown, Mikael Silvestre, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs got back into the fray and that was a bonus for me.

"Milan had good experience about them and it was a decent game.

"We are not unhappy with the result. Considering the heat and the dry pitch, we still managed to control the game."