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Fitness first

7 July 2013

All three of United's games on the tour of Scotland will be used as fitness exercises, David Weir has reiterated.

In a similar tactic to the fixture at Greenock Morton, boss Weir used separate teams in each half of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Cowdenbeath.

He used 22 players - including triallist Roy Kayara and first year professionals Jahmal Smith and Jordan Hodder - at Central Park, where Chris Porter netted his second goal in as many games.

"We completely changed the team again at half-time, the point of the exercise was to get more minutes into the lads and the majority got another 45 today.

"We knew it was narrow pitch, that makes it difficult to play, but it was a good test and the main benefit is the fitness.

"Michael (Doyle) came off early, he felt his thigh tightening, but we got to it quick enough and are hoping it is nothing major. We are working all the lads hard in training at the moment and are hoping all of them will see the benefit when the season kicks off.

"The match at Raith Rovers will be a similar exercise, we might try and give a few lads 60 or 70 minutes but we will look into that when we access the Cowdenbeath performance."

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