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Starting XI: Herrera & Pogba in midfield; Lukaku leading the line

Manchester United will go head-to-head with noisy neighbours Manchester City in the first Manchester derby to be played off British soil. The match in Houston, Texas will be played at the NRG Stadium, where the last Super Bowl was played between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons which saw the Patriots win 34-28. United and City have a bitter rivalry, which recently has seen the blue side of Manchester dominate but Jose Mourinho will be looking to change that. Last season in the Premier League, United were beaten 2-1 by City at Old Trafford, drawing 0-0 at the Etihad. United did beat City in the EFL Cup 1-0 at Old Trafford. meaning in three matches, United won one, City won one and they drew the other match. Not a great result against the ‘bitter Berties’ but things are there to be improved. This derby should have taken place in Beijing a year ago but it was cancelled due to the state of the pitch, which did not look reminiscent of a football pitch!

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind;

Herrera, Pogba;

Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Lingard;

Lukaku

Substitutes:

J. Pereira, Romero; Bailly, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, Mitchell, Tuanzebe; Carrick, Fellaini, McTominay, A. Pereira; Martial

United will face Real Madrid on Sunday 23rd June (late night kick off in the UK) and Barcelona on Wednesday 26th July, 00:30 on Thursday morning in the UK. United will then head back to Europe facing Valerenga in Oslo, Sampdoria in Dublin and Real Madrid again in Macedonia, this time contesting the UEFA Super Cup. United should be ready for their Premier League opener on Sunday 13th August 2017, entertaining West Ham United at Old Trafford, after this pre-season, which is much better than last, which saw United play fewer matches, one of which was cancelled.

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