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Sir Bobby Charlton is impressed by the way Manchester United's newcomers are already blending in and bedding down for the new season as the club conclude their United States pre-season tour with a prestigious friendly against FC Barcelona.

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"This will be our fourth tour game, and there has been great excitement about our games out here,'' he told ESPNsoccernet. ''There has been a noticeable improvement in interest levels since we were last out in the States.

"We are all looking forward to playing Barcelona, and we have every chance of beating them, but then again I wouldn't draw too much from whatever the result is, because we all know it's a pre-season 'training' match.

"However, Barcelona will be without the likes of Messi who has been playing in the Copa America and I have been really pleased with the way the new players are settling in and the way the team has been playing.

"We have been having a great time here in Washington, and in fact the whole tour has been a huge success."

Despite it being a 'friendly,' United will be keen to exact some kind of revenge for their Champions League final defeat at Wembley when they play in Washington D.C. at FedEx Field.


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