Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson signed autographs at Toyota Park.
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Man Utd Daily Beat: Thousands attend training

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – A few thousand people showed up to watch Manchester United participate in a light training session at Toyota Park Wednesday evening.

The fans in attendance – many of whom were sporting Manchester United jerseys – clearly relished the opportunity to see their heroes in person, chanting and cheering loudly for the duration of the hour long practice.

“We have a fantastic fan base, fantastically loyal to the club,” United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said after training. “I think it’s grown [to the point] that the success of the club is an expectation. These fans here, when they come to Old Trafford they expect Manchester United to perform well and win and… I think that’s a great thing.”

One fan in particular, 12-year-old Dylan Moore, was particularly thrilled to see his heroes up close and personal.

“I love United and I want to see them play,” said the Chicagoland resident.

Though his favorite United player – Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia – isn’t on the roster for the North American tour, Moore was still excited to watch his favorite club train. He was especially eager to see Italian forward Federico Macheda – famous for his wonder goal against Aston Villa two seasons ago – in action.

“[I’m most excited to see] Federico Macheda,” Moore said. “He scored an awesome goal and I like how he plays.”

United’s training wasn’t their only event of the day. The team was scheduled to unveil their new uniform at Chicago’s Niketown store after practice.

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Full Tour Schedule:

July 16: Manchester United vs. Celtic F.C. (8 p.m. ET, Rogers Centre)

July 21: Manchester United vs. Philadelphia Union (7:30 p.m. ET, Lincoln Financial Field)

July 25: Manchester United vs. KC Wizards (6 p.m. ET, Arrowhead Stadium)

July 28: Manchester United vs. MLS All-Stars (8:30 p.m. ET, Reliant Stadium)

July 30: Manchester United vs. Chivas Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Mexico)