Manchester United play their fourth match in the pre-season tour of the United States of America, which is also their third in the Guinness International Champions Cup. A victory for United will ensure they play one last match in the United States, this time in Miami, which could be a derby fixture against either Manchester City or Liverpool, which will be a fiery pre-season match. United have done well so far this summer, playing three matches, winning all of them with the latter on penalties. Louis van Gaal, the new manager has worked wonders bringing in his new 5-3-2 variation formation, which seems to be working so far.
The match against Real Madrid was always going to be the thrilling finale of the tour, played in Ann Arbor, Michigan in a stadium nicknamed ‘The Big House’ because of its 109,000 capacity, which when you think about two of the biggest teams in the world playing each other, it should create a great atmosphere. United will be without defender Rafael da Silva, who flew back to Manchester due to an injury. It is expected that Van Gaal will continue fielding two different sides, give or take a couple of player granted 90 minutes, of there a bouts.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that star player and former Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo will not take part in the match after recently returning from injury and not training fully with the squad all week. It will come as a blow for many supporters wanting to see the Portuguese winger in action again his old club, but you cannot have everything. He will be present in the stadium and it is more important for his club to get him back to full fitness after struggling at the end of last season and during this summers FIFA World Cup.
Real Madrid have lost their last two matches. The first against Inter Milan on penalties and their second against AS Roma to a Francesco Totti goal late in the second half of the match. The squad are a week or so behind United in terms of fitness, as their season starts a week later than the Barclays Premier League, and their Italian opposition have already played one or two matches prior to embarking on their US tour. It is all about fitness at this stage of the season, not winning matches, but a United victory would be good to see.
Manchester United – Last Six Matches: WWWDWL
Inter Milan 0-0 (5-3) W, AS Roma 3-2 W, LA Galaxy 7-0 W, Southampton 1-1 D, Hull City 3-1 W, Sunderland 1-0 L
Real Madrid – Last Six Matches: LLWWLD
AS Roma 1-0 L, Inter Milan 0-0 (3-2) L, Atlético Madrid 4-1 W, Espanyol 3-1 W, Celta Vigo 2-0 L, Real Valladolid 1-1 D
Manchester United Squad:
Manager: Louis van Gaal
Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 13. Anders Lindegaard, 40. Ben Amos, 50. Sam Johnstone;
Defenders: 4. Phil Jones, 6. Jonny Evans, 12. Chris Smalling, 28. Luke Shaw, 38. Michael Keane, 41. Reece James, 42. Tyler Blackett;
Midfielders: 8. Juan Mata, 17. Nani, 18. Ashley Young, 21. Ander Herrera, 23. Tom Cleverley, 24. Darren Fletcher, 25. Antonio Valencia, 26. Shinji Kagawa, 29. Wilfried Zaha, 35. Jesse Lingard;
Forwards: 10. Wayne Rooney, 14. Javier Hernandez, 19. Danny Welbeck, 48. Will Keane
Real Madrid Squad:
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti
Goalkeepers: 1. Iker Casillas, 25. Diego López, 13. Jesús, 31. Fernando Pacheco;
Defenders: 3. Pepe, 4. Sergio Ramos, 15. Daniel Carvajal, 17. Álvaro Arbeloa, 18. Nacho, 32. Derik, 34. Diego Llorente;
Midfielders: 11. Bale, 14. Xabi Alonso, 19. Luka Modrić, 23. Isco, 24. Asier Illarramendi, 26. Álvaro Medrán, 27. Lucas, 29. Marcos Llorente, 30. Omar Mascarell;
Forwards: 33. Rubeén Sobrino, 35. Raúl de Tomás
Predicted Manchester United Starting XI and Formation:
Manchester United 2-1 Real Madrid