Manny Muscat Joins the All Stars

Manny Muscat today became the second Wellington Phoenix player to be selected in the Foxtel All Stars team to play Juventus next month.

Manny Muscat today became the second Wellington Phoenix player to be selected in the Foxtel All Stars team to play Juventus next month.

Midfielder Albert Riera was in one of the earlier groups to be announced and today Muscat was in the final group chosen.

The unassuming Muscat was surprised to hear he had been selected.

“To be honest I couldn’t get my head around it when I was told,” Muscat said.

“I know that some fan voting was involved in choosing the team and I’m not exactly a fan favourite in Australia am I?

“I never thought for a minute that I would be picked, but it is fantastic and it is going to be great being a part of it.

“With the season we had it is good to have two players in the All Stars because a lot of our results could be put down to the many disruptions through injury we had.

“Perhaps it (the selection) is because I was pretty consistent despite playing in different positions week in week out.”

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick was delighted to hear that Muscat had been chosen.

“I am really pleased for the boy,” Merrick said.

“He doesn’t say a lot, just gets on the with job he is given, and has proved very versatile which is good from a coach’s point of view when a team is hit by injuries and suspensions.”

The Foxtel All Stars play Serie A champions Juventus at ANZ Stadium on Sunday August 10.”