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No special plan for van Persie: Ange

The A-League All-Stars won't be man-marking super striker Robin van Persie when they clash with Manchester United on Saturday.

All-Stars coach Ange Postecoglou said those who believed Western Sydney Wanderers centre-back Michael Beauchamp would be dispatched to man-mark the Dutch striker had their "signals crossed".

"We won't be man-marking anyone," he said.

"There wouldn't be much point (because) there'd be 10 other blokes to look after as well."

Postecoglou, whose South Melbourne team faced the Red Devils in 2000 at the Club World Cup, said while van Persie would no doubt trouble defenders, he was more concerned with the performance of his own players.

"I'll be more interested on what we do when we've got the ball," he told reporters on Friday.

All-Stars captain Brett Emerton said he wasn't nervous about meeting the English Premier League champions.

"The pressure is still on Manchester United to go out and beat us," the Sydney FC star said.

"We are just concentrating on doing the A-League proud.

"We just want to make the fans happy."

While he conceded the A-League side needed to hone their defensive skills to match the touring outfit, Postecoglou said going up against the world's best would showcase Australian soccer in the international arena.

"The whole world will be watching, and while they're watching them they might notice (us) as well," he said.

He hoped Saturday's sell-out friendly at ANZ Stadium would boost the sport's profile at home.

"We are involved in a code that has massive global appeal but sometimes here it's been hard to get people to understand what that means," he said.

"There's interest in everything that happens with that football club, and that's great for us."


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