Allstars provide early test for Moyes

June 25, 2013
By Roje Adaimy

The A-League All Stars won't be the only ones with a point to make in next month's showdown against Manchester United.

So, too, will some of the English Premier League's biggest names as they aim to prove their worth in front of new manager David Moyes, according to All Stars coach Ange Postecoglou.

The Melbourne Victory mentor on Tuesday unveiled the All Stars' inaugural blue-and-gold strip, alongside Football Federation Australia (FFA) boss David Gallop and the side's first three confirmed starters - Brett Emerton, Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Thomas Broich.

The July 20 match at ANZ Stadium is already a sell-out and comes just four days before Victory face another EPL giant - Liverpool - at the MCG.

"It's going to be a pretty surreal week for me, playing two of the biggest clubs in the world," Postecoglou told AAP.

"It'll probably be something that I can reflect on for the rest of my life."

The two-time A-League championship mentor sees both games as a chance to showcase the improving standard of Australia's domestic competition and not just the national team ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

"Hopefully the A-League gains some credibility out of this," he said.

"This is a chance to show the world.

"There'll be plenty of attention, particularly with David Moyes in charge, so it's really important that we play a good brand of football and show people that the league is coming along really nicely."

Postecoglou is in no doubt that Moyes, who replaced retired United icon Sir Alex Ferguson last month, will be under enormous pressure from both fans and media in one of his first matches in charge.

"They'll be looking for differences in the way he does things ... and for the Manchester United players, they'll be trying to prove to their new manager that they can play," he said.

"So there's going to be intense scrutiny around him but I guess that makes it even better for us - the whole world will be watching and there's an opportunity for us to show what we can do."

Gallop is relishing the timing of the match, falling less than a month after the Socceroos secured their 2014 World Cup berth in Sydney.

"The momentum's been incredible and this is a further part of that," he told AAP.

"In a particularly cluttered period in Australian sport, it'll be another flag on the hill in Australian football."

The financial rewards are also significant, with Gallop expecting to reap a seven-figure dividend to be shared among the A-League clubs.