China star set for United debut
A Chinese player will play for Manchester United for the first time.
Chinese striker Dong Fangzhuo has been named in the English club's squad for its July exhibition matches in Hong Kong and Beijing, organisers said in a statement.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to pull on the famous red shirt in my home country. It will be a proud moment to play in China as a Manchester United player," Dong was quoted as saying.
Manchester United signed the 20-year-old Dong in 2004, but then lent him to Belgian club Royal Antwerp.
"He has been progressing step by step since his arrival and at Royal Antwerp, he deserves the tour and we believe that he will perform well," Manchester United Director of Marketing Peter Draper said in the statement.
Manchester United will play Hong Kong in Hong Kong on July 23 before moving onto Beijing.
i was reading this at work and i felt pretty disgusted.
first let me say, i have not seen this chinese player play, so if he is that good, manchester united skill level (C.Ronaldo etc), then please tell me.
however, knowing chinese football, i find it hard to believe that Dong Fangzhuo is being played becuase his skill-level has reached that certain point.
i strongly believe that this is clear abuse of chinese players just to get ratings, stronger marketing and market share of asia. we already know asia is in a football craze, and we have a big market, which in turn equals big profit for manchester united - who is no stranger to strong aggressive marketing schemes.
what makes it worse, is that they got the manchester united MARKETING director to comment on this.
is this article actually backing up my point by macking a mockery of this?
surely to ask a skill level of a player, you ask the coach, trainer or manager. but asking the marketing director what the skill level of Dong Fangzhuo is? thats mockery.
to abuse of players of any nationality. this is treating them as a commodity, not a player.