United lined up for Main event

21 May 2010 10:33
St Johnstone will play a Manchester United XI this summer for goalkeeper Alan Main's testimonial.[LNB] A broken hand robbed Main of a chance to bid farewell to Saints fans at the end of this season, with the 42-year-old having now been released by the club but he is determined to play some part in the friendly against United at McDiarmid Park on July 31 (kick-off 2pm).[LNB]The club's record appearance holder told Saints' official website: "A broken hand is certainly not going to stop me from playing.[LNB]"The cast needs to come off and, when it does, I start rehab work immediately and I'll have a velcro strip on for added protection.[LNB]"It will be a special occasion all round. I'm glad it is a glamour game for the fans and it will give me a chance to say goodbye properly.[LNB]"Damaging my hand put me on a bigger downer even than when I broke my leg earlier in my career. I had been working hard for my chance to get a shot back in the first team before the end of the season and so the injury was badly timed."[LNB]Main thanked manager Derek McInnes for including the fixture in his pre-season plans.[LNB]He said: "The manager has been very accommodating and I owe him a massive thank you. Hopefully, the game will provide the ideal test for Saints as they work towards the new season."[LNB]The match will be United's second visit to McDiarmid Park.[LNB]They were the side who officially opened the stadium back in October 1989 when a Brian McClair goal gave them a 1-0 win.

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