Emerton to lead All Stars against Man United

Ex-Blackburn midfielder Brett Emerton will captain the A-League All Stars in their eagerly-anticipated match against Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United.

Brett Emerton, A-League All Stars

By FOX Sports staff

The 34-year-old, who currently plays for Sydney FC after nine seasons at Ewood Park, was confirmed as skipper by coach Ange Postecoglou at the weekend and will lead a selection of the A-League's best players out at the ANZ Stadium.

Emerton, who clocked up close to 250 league appearances during his time with Blackburn, admitted it was an honour to captain the side in a sellout game against one of the world's biggest and most popular teams.

"It's a huge honour to be named as captain of the inaugural Foxtel All Stars team for what is a special night for Australian football," he said on the Football Federation Australia (FFA)'s official website.

"There are some great players in this squad and it will be a thrill to lead the side out in front of 84,000 fans.

"Manchester United [are] a massive football club and we are all looking forward to what will be an unforgettable night."

Postecoglou revealed that Emerton's experience was a main factor in him being picked as captain.

"Brett is a very experienced player who has played football on the biggest stage and will be a great captain for the All Stars," the Melbourne Victory coach explained.

"He's a player that has earned respect for what he has achieved and he'll be a good leader for this game.

"The match against Manchester United will be a huge occasion and Brett has been in that cauldron and will be a steadying influence on the rest of the team."

Apart from his time in England with Rovers, Emerton also had a spell in Netherlands playing with Eredivisie giants Feyenoord.

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