Preview: Manchester United v Galatasaray – Pre-Season Friendly 2016

Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden

Manchester United Tour 2016

Saturday 30th July 2016, KO 18:30 BST Live on MUTV

Manchester United face Galatasaray at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg in their final Tour 2016 match of pre-season. United have played two matches out of the three arranged this summer, facing Wigan Athletic the weekend before heading to China, winning 2-0. Then they faced Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai, losing 4-1 in a match which was the battle of fitness – the fittest team won, which was the German side, who had played four pre-season matches ahead of the match with United. The following Monday, United were due to face Manchester City at the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing, but that match was cancelled in the eleventh-hour due to the poor pitch surface. United now have two matches remaining; Galatasaray and Everton (Wayne Rooney’s testimonial) before they face Leicester City to contest the FA Community Shield a week on Sunday.

This match will be a special one for United; Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make his debut, in his home country, which will be special for him, the club and the supporters. United seem to have moved fast in this transfer window with Eric Bailly, Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all signing for the club within the first month of Jose Mourinho being announced as the club’s new manager. The former Swedish international has been training this week at the AON Training Complex, for the first time with his new teammates on Thursday. Speaking to the official Manchester United website about training with the club for the first time, Ibrahimovic said:

“Positive vibes. They seem to be good guys, quality players, they train very hard and, during the training, are very focused. The coach – he is direct, he is concrete, he says what he wants and the players are adapting. So there are only positive things.”

Last week, Ibrahimovic was given the number nine shirt, formerly Anthony Martial’s, who will now wear the number eleven shirt. Speaking of wearing the shirt and making his debut for his new club, Ibrahimovic said:

“Everybody has been waiting for that moment. There has been a lot of talk and to make my debut in my country will feel great. I think the fans are waiting for me to come back and they are waiting to enjoy not only me, but the team as well. Hopefully, we can give them a good game and, at the same time, we are in the preparation. We need to keep focused, to build up the physical part and the conditioning part but we will give them what they want.”

Lastly, Ibrahimovic was asked about his 35th birthday, which is coming in October and how his own philosophy has served him well, he said:

“I believe in working hard. Not only in games but even in training. The way you train is the way you play in the games – that’s my philosophy. Working hard, training hard and feeling good. Then you need to get the rhythm by playing games.”

Manchester United seem to be heading in the right direction. Jose Mourinho has strengthened his side significantly, adding class throughout the pitch in defence, midfield and the forward line. Ibrahimovic had his best season in his entire career last season with Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 50 goals in 51 appearances, the closest he got to that figure before was back in 2013/14 season, playing for the same club when he scored 41 goals in 46 appearances. Having Henrikh Mkhitaryan playing in one of the three positions behind Ibrahimovic, whether it be on the left, right or in the number ten role, providing assists will be the main plan for the Armenian – which was what he did well for his former club Borussia Dortmund last season. I have a feeling that Mourinho is not done with his team yet, he spoke about four profiles, of which 75% of those have been signed, the fourth presumably being Paul Pogba. Defence seems to be an area which Mourinho may try to strengthen next, with many targets on his list, I presume.

Manchester United Squad:

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone;

Defenders: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian;

Midfielders: Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin;

Strikers: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Galatasaray Squad:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, İsmail Çipe, Eray İşcan, Alperen Uysal, Cenk Gönen;

Defenders: Serdar Aziz, Blerim Džemaili, Aurélien Chedjou, Hakan Balta, Lionel Carole, Salih Dursun, Semih Kaya, Martin Linnes, Koray Günter, Sabri Sarıoğlu;

Midfielders: Yasin Öztekin, Selçuk İnan, Wesley Sneijder, Ryan Donk, Hamit Altıntop, Emrah Başsan, Bruma, Batuhan Ergün, Muhammet Yeşilyurt, Oğuzhan Kayar, Birhan Vatansever, Gökay Güney, Umut Gündoğan, Jem Karacan;

Strikers: Lukas Podolski, Sinan Gümüş, Berk İsmail Ünsal

Starting XI Prediction:

Score Prediction:

Manchester United 3-1 Galatasaray


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