Bruno Fornaroli looms as Glory X-factor

Perth's Bruno Fornaroli in action during Glory's loss against Manchester United.
Perth's Bruno Fornaroli in action during Glory's loss against Manchester United.

Perth Glory midfielder Neil Kilkenny says the team is keen to set the record straight next A-League season, and he predicts Bruno Fornaroli will play a big part.

Glory were clearly the best team last season on the way to winning the Premiers Plate, but missed out on the Championship after losing on penalties to Sydney FC in the grand final.

Perth returned to the scene of their grand final heartbreak on Saturday night when they battled hard during a 2-0 loss against Manchester United at Optus Stadium.

Fornaroli, who was frozen out at Melbourne City before joining Glory, put in a strong display despite a lack of supply.

The classy Uruguayan will join the likes of Andy Keogh, Chris Ikonomidis, and Diego Castro in a star-studded attacking line-up next season.

"He's a good player. I know he's a top-quality player and he puts himself about," Kilkenny said.

"I'm sure he's going to score plenty of goals for us.

"It's going to be an exciting season for us. People will have a bit more expectation on us this season after last season.

"Hopefully we can have a successful campaign. We are looking forward to putting the record straight again."

Perth will now turn their attention to the FFA Cup, where they'll host Western Sydney on August 7.

The future of Matthew Spiranovic remains up in the air, with the out-of-contract defender still on holiday and yet to make up his mind about whether to play on with Glory.

The club is yet to make a decision on defender Dino Djulbic, who injured his anterior cruciate ligament in the grand final.

Manchester United used the bulk of their travelling party in the win against Perth, and are expected to do the same when they take on Leeds United at Optus Stadium on Wednesday night.

Striker Romelu Lukaku, who missed the win over Perth with a niggle, is expected to be fit to take on Leeds.

Australian Associated Press