"(I'm) looking forward to the game," he said. "Big game, big crowd - it should be a good night.
"I know some of the Australian players from the past. Tim Cahill, who is obviously not playing in this game ... I knew Lucas Neill when he had a sort spell with me at Everton as well. So I know quite a few of the Aussie players.
"I'm sure the Aussie players will be a bit more in free flow than we are. I think when you play Manchester United everybody wants to beat them.
"We'll try to do everything we possibly can to show you how good a football team and a football club we are.
"If you're picking the best from the A-League we know it's going to be a tough test for us as well."