Town set up United clash

Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon
Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon

FLEETWOOD Town have pulled off a huge coup. Micky Mellon has revealed that Manchester United are to come to Highbury for a pre-season friendly this summer.

United, the biggest draw in football and recently crowned Premier League champions, will arrive in July for a match that is sure to catch the imagination of the soccer public.

And they may not be the only Premier League side to play at Fleetwood in an attractive warm-up to the 2011-12 campaign.

Mellon says negotiations are a long way down the line for Everton to come to the magnificently revamped Highbury ground.

Manager Mellon has connections at Old Trafford, which have paved the way for United to come.

By the time they arrive, United could also have possession of the Champions League as they play Barcelona in the final at Wembley a week tomorrow.

It is not known what kind of line-up United will bring to Fleetwood, but it is bound to be of a high-calibre.

Mellon said: “It doesn’t matter what sort of team they bring – it is Manchester United. They are very keen to help us.”

Mellon knows United assistant manager Mike Phelan from their days together at West Bromwich Albion.

Phelan was also on the coaching staff at Bloomfield Road when Mellon was a player at Blackpool.The United fixture is bound to stretch Fleetwood’s ground capacity to its limits.

Fleetwood’s pre-season itinerary will also include friendly matches in Scotland.

Meantime, Mellon continues to explore the transfer market to boost his squad.

He has already persuaded highly-rated striker Richard Brodie to come to the club on a season-long loan from Crawley and four or five other moves are being planned.

One of the priorities is a central defender in the wake of Sean Gregan’s departure from the club in an end-of-season clear-out.

Mellon said: “There won’t be wholesale changes because we are not that far away, but we want players who will complement and pep-up what we already have.”

Goalkeeping is another area where Mellon will be looking to recruit in light of the decision, taken largely taken on financial grounds, to release Danny Hurst.

Mellon said: “I would like to have kept Danny, but contrary to what some people might think we work to a budget and we decided to release him. I am sure there will be any number of clubs interested in signing him.

“I am looking for a young goalkeeper, not just to be understudy to Scott Davies but to press him for his place.”

Goalkeeper Davies is one of four players to have the option of a one-year contract extension taken up by the club.

The others are Shaun Beeley, Junior Brown and Jamie McGuire.