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Man Utd coach Joyce says they're ready for Villarreal test

Manchester United kick off their Premier League International Cup campaign tonight against Villarreal.

United are competing in the tournament for the first time and Villarreal are the current holders of the trophy. Middlesbrough and Sparta Prague make up the remainder of Group B.

"It'll be an interesting game," coach Warren Joyce told ManUtd.com. "It will be a good test for us.

"Villarreal won it last year and, judging from the bits I've watched, the teams were quite old in their make-up and they all treated it like a proper competition really. This was particularly true of the foreign sides who often played almost their B teams, as they are called.

"I expect a tough game but a clever game, tactically, and we will have problems to solve. I anticipate them being older than us as well so it will be a proper test and should tick all the boxes you want for it to be a really good challenge for the boys as part of their education."

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