You can save the jokes about soccer players using their hands.

Brendon Palluck, manager of Gino's East, called dibs on that line right away as he showed two members of Manchester United how to make Chicago's famous deep dish pizza last Friday.

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(Yes, Brendon had to throw out the "hands" line twice before it scored.)

With the Premier League team in town to take on the Chicago Fire as part of its 21-day preseason tour of the U.S., Patrice Evra and Ji-Sung Park stopped by the Windy City landmark for some deep dish pie. They loaded up their Chicago-style pans under the tutelage of Palluck as fans cheered them on. There wasn't enough time to wait for their pizzas to bake (which can take up to an hour), but both players seemed to enjoy a slice prepared ahead of time. (And honestly, who wouldn't?)

The team is in the middle of a five-game schedule across the U.S., with plenty of public appearances along the way. Man. U. has already stopped by Boston, defeating the New England Revolution, and last week the footballers topped the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field. Wayne Rooney even had time to hit the links.

After defeating the Fire 3-1 on Saturday, the players are off to New Jersey to take on the MLS All-Star team on July 27. That match looks like the Americans' best chance to take down the defending Premier League champs.

The tour ends at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. on Saturday in a match against Barcelona that's part of the World Football Challenge.

Here's hoping manager Sir Alex Ferguson will get to swing by Baltimore and learn to make crab cakes.

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