Around the Grounds: Kilkenny eyes another famous day against Manchester United

Perth Glory star Neil Kilkenny knows what it takes to topple Premier League giants Manchester United.

Kilkenny, 33, played his part in one of the biggest FA Cup shocks of the last decade when Leeds United beat their old rivals 1-0 at Old Trafford in 2010 courtesy of a Jermaine Beckford strike.

There were forty-two league places between the two clubs prior to kick off, and United had never lost in the third round of the Cup – or been eliminated by a lower-division side – during the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Kilkenny and ex-Melbourne City defender Patrick Kisnorbo both started on that famous night. The Perth midfielder is eyeing another spectacle – and scalp – when Glory welcome the 20-time English Champions to Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

“I’ve played against Manchester United quite a few times throughout my career,” Kilkenny told the club’s website. “The win was a fantastic day for myself and the fans of Leeds.”

“I’m looking forward to the game, playing in front of a big crowd gives you another opportunity to show other people that Australian football is growing and getting better.”

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Manchester United v Perth Glory
Date: Saturday, 13 July 2019
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 7pm AWST, 9pm AEST 

Neil Kilkenny
Neil Kilkenny is excited for Saturday's spectacle against Manchester United

Warland back running

It’s been a memorable pre-season for Sydney FC so far, and the sight of defender Ben Warland running again is another reason for Sky Blues fans to feel cheerful.

Warland, 22, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in March but returned to the pitch today at the club’s Macquarie University headquarters.

The Adelaide-born centre back had made nine consecutive appearances for Sydney up until that injury sustained in a 2-0 defeat to Melbourne City and, once fit, Warland will no doubt be putting himself in Steve Corica’s first-team plans.