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Manchester United ‘ready to step up’ £52.5 million bid to sign Inter Milan defender – reports

Manchester United are reportedly hoping to sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar this summer, according to reports. The player has been linked to United before, back in 2018, but it was not meant to be with the player remaining at the Italian club. However, reports now suggest that the club will allow the player to leave this summer.

Skriniar, 25, signed a four-year contract at the San Siro club back in 2019, which would keep him at the club until the summer of 2023. The performances of the Slovakian defender in Antonio Conte’s side this season, has seen him linked to some of Europe’s top clubs. He is described as ‘Technically proficient and physically imposing, the 6ft 2in defender is viewed by many as the ideal modern defender’.

It is suggested that despite the years remaining on his contract, Inter have decided to cash in on the player, something which a number of clubs will be doing with players this summer and beyond as the footballing world adapts to the financial repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic which suspended world football in mid-March with the Bundesliga returning at the weekend.

It is stated that the Italian side, who are currently occupying a UEFA Champions League spot in the Serie A, with the league yet to resume, would demand around £52.5 million for the central defender this summer, something that will see many teams lining up to tempt him away, especially Manchester City, who tried to sign him last summer.

It is also stated that Barcelona and Real Madrid will be interested in the player also, giving United a tough task of signing the player, if they are really interested. United signed Harry Maguire for £80 million last summer and are reportedly seeking a defensive partner for him amid doubts of Victor Lindelof, who has not had the beat of seasons.

United have many defenders at the club right now though with Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Maguire, and Axel Tuanzebe all at the club plus Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo, who are both on loan away from the club. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would need to sell a number of players to make way for a player like Skriniar.

During the current season, Skriniar has made a total of 32 appearances for the club, not scoring any goals, making one assist. In his career at Inter, the Slovakian has made 118 appearances, scoring four goals and three assists, signing for the club from Sampdoria in the summer of 2017. He could be a brilliant defensive partner for any defender at a top club.

Realistically, Solskjaer probably won’t spend this amount of money on another defender, despite needing to find a solid partner for Maguire. I feel that Eric Bailly, whose injury problems at United have been prevalent, should be given the chance to form a partnership with Maguire. Axel Tuanzebe is another player who should be given a chance.

This summer will be a big one for United and Solskjaer, but right now, I feel United will need to concentrate on sorting out the attack at the club, including the right-wing position, then look to sort out the midfield, which will be needed is Paul Pogba does leave the club. Only then should United be looking to spend big sums of money on defenders.

Manchester United join Barcelona in race for £94 million rated Argentinian striker – reports

Manchester United have reportedly reignited their interest in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez. It was previously reported that Barcelona were very close to agreeing terms with the 22-year-old Argentinian ahead of a summer move, however, reports from Spanish news source, Sport suggest that United are back in the running to sign the player.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been a big admirer of the Argentinian and has reportedly asked the club to tempt the player with a ‘multi-million pound contract’. The player has a £94 million release clause in his contract, which is a massive amount to spend on a player but considering the money spend recently, would be well spent.

It was suggested that Barcelona were hoping to get a deal sorted by offering Nelson Semedo and Carles Alena to Inter Milan in a player plus cash offer but the coronavirus pandemic might change that for the foreseeable future. It is stated that along with United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain remain interested in the player.

During the current season, despite it currently being suspended due to the coronavirus, Martinez has made a total of 31 appearances for Inter, playing in the Serie A, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, and the Coppa Italia, scoring 16 goals with a further four assists, playing a total of 2,437 minutes of football.

United will need another striker this summer, having lost Romelu Lukaku, who signed for Inter Milan last summer, also Alexis Sanchez, who was loaned to the Italian club. Solskjaer managed to sign Odion Ighalo on a six-month loan spell during the January transfer window but reports suggest that he may not stay at United much longer.

United will have Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Mason Greenwood at the club going into next season, but it was not enough for this campaign so will not be enough for next. There are many strikers linked to the Old Trafford club this summer, so Solskjaer will have a plan to ensure he goes into the new season with reinforcements.

The 22-year-old started his career in youth football playing for Liniers de Bahía Blanca, but left the club Racing Club de Avellaneda back in 2014, the club that gave him his first team debut. Martinez played a total of 59 times for Racing Club, scoring 27 goals and six assists in around four seasons at the club.

In July 2018, Martinez moves to Europe after Inter Milan signed him on a five year contract with a €22.7 million fee. To date, he has played a total of 66 times for Inter, scoring 25 goals with a further five assists. It may be relatively early in the players career but he clearly knows how to put the ball into the back of the net, something that United require.

United might have their work cut out for them if they were to land Martinez this summer, which may seem unlikely at this moment in time. However, United will sign a striker, they need to. Currently, the club has been linked with Moussa Dembele, a player that have been linked to in the past. More will be linked as time goes on though.

Alexis Sanchez wanted by AS Roma and Universidad de Chile with Manchester United counting the days to get rid of him

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez is clearly not a wanted man by those at the Old Trafford club. In all honesty, after 18 months at the club and little to show for the reported wages he receives, you would be hard pressed not to find a reason why he would be wanted at the club. He’s a flop and does not deserve another chance at the club.

These are my thoughts, I am not the only one that thinks this way as there are some that see something good in the Chilean and feel that he should be given a chance to show what he can do. Perhaps those people have not seen this already – next to nothing. Inter Milan seem to be unhappy to keep him longer than the current season – a reason to move on?

There are different reports in the media regarding the future of Sanchez – both see him moving away from Manchester with him either staying in Italy or heading back home to Chile. Either would be fine by me. Him wearing the famous number seven shirt at United, once donned by George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo is an insult to all of those players and the club.

One report suggests that Sanchez, 31 could remain in Italy with AS Roma reportedly interested in signing the player. There were apparently interested in signing him before Inter managed to get him on a season-long loan spell. Now could be their chance to get their man in hope that his form will change and he will bring something to the team.

During the 2019/20 season with Inter, Sanchez managed just 15 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal and assisting three more in a season that was not only marred by injury but also by the coronavirus pandemic which has stopped football all around the world. Sanchez missed 14 games with a tendon injury.

Roma, at least reportedly, feel that they have a good relationship with United with defender Chris Smalling spending the season on loan from the club and it could give them the connection to broach another spell for Sanchez, which is something United would probably want to make permanent, either straight away or after a period of loan.

Another reports suggests that Sanchez is seeking to return to his native Chile to end his career, which for me would be great news also. I don’t believe the player deserves to play for a club like United – he’s offered little since signing for the club in January 2018. Universidad de Chile seem to be interested, confirmed by their president, Jose Luis Navarrete:

“I spoke with Alexis Sanchez and he is a fan of Universidad de Chile.

“He wants to retire by playing for the club. I would like to have Marcelo Díaz, Isla, Edu Vargas, Alexis Sanchez, all of them, but you have to be realistic.

“The economic scenario is not brilliant, it will depend on how much they are willing to give up to come to Universidad de Chile.”

Sanchez would need to take a massive pay cut in order for the deal to be facilitated but it would be good news for United, who would then be able to move on from the disaster that was signing the player. Everyone wanted it to work at the start, especially after Manchester City held an interest in the player and never got him. They did well from it though.

There won’t be any tears from me when Sanchez has left the club. There has never been a real attachment with the player since he left Arsenal more than two years ago. Personally, it may have been different if the player signed for United instead of Barcelona all them years ago but not now. He looks like a player well past his time for me.

Alexis Sanchez set to become a big problem at Manchester United? Sell him, give him a chance or loan him?

When Manchester United signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal during the January transfer window in 2018, seeing Henrikh Mkhitaryan travel in the other direction, it should have been something that worked well for the club, but it didn’t. It has never really worked. Sanchez has been earning a massive wage, doing a lot less for that money than expected.

During the summer and into 2020, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started to apply his brand of football to the club, seeing the back of Romelu Lukaku, Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young, all on permanent moves and Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and Sanchez all leaving on loan. It is expected that there might be a few more departures when the transfer window opens.

Whilst playing for United, Sanchez has not done enough to even warrant being selected as part of the squad for the season, let alone wearing a shirt number as prestigious as the one he was given on arrival, the famous number seven, playing 45 times in around one and a half seasons, scoring just five goals and assisting a further nine.

This season at Inter, Sanchez has played 15 times, scoring one goal, assisting a further three. It seems clear that this player on a galactic wage is not performing to the standards that he should be performing. Granted, he has missed 14 matches through injury, which could have seen him play more of a part for the Italian club.

Sanchez is contracted at United for a further two more years and reports suggest that the player is reluctant to accept a pay cut to get a move elsewhere, so unless something big happens, it is likely that Sanchez will be back at United next season, which is something that many will not want to see. Some suggest that he should be given a second chance.

Personally, I do not think he has done enough to warrant a second chance at United. He has never really bust a gut to perform and his loan spell to Inter, which was to serve as something to revive his ailing career, has not worked out as many thought. West Ham United could be interested, taking advantage of the current pandemic to get a good deal for Sanchez.

Right now, looking at the team Solskjaer seems to be building, I don’t see many chances for Sanchez moving forward. He’s had a good career but is clearly coming to the end of that now, which along with all his injuries, is pretty telling. Whilst at United, he missed 20 matches due to injury. I wish it could all be different but United’s identity has changed now.

With the way things have gone for Sanchez at United and the fact that Solskjaer clearly does not seem to want the player at the club as part of his new squad, there might not be a second chance for him to resurrect his career at the club. Personally, I feel he has not done enough to warrant a place in the squad and that the club should look to get rid.

Perhaps, if they cannot move him on a permanent deal to pastures new, like West Ham, who seem interested, United should be looking to loan him out, perhaps with a deal that the club he is loaned to compulsory purchase him either in the following winter transfer window or the following summer, if the transfer windows are not changed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Do you think Alexis Sanchez deserves another chance to shine at Manchester United?

Nemanja Matic’s time at Manchester United is drawing to a close; academy graduate ready to show his worth

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is coming to the end of his career at the club. In the summer, both AC Milan and Inter Milan were interested in the 31-year-old, whose contract will run out at the end of the season, although there is the option for another year to be added, which might ensure United got a fee for the player, should he leave.

Reports in the media suggested that Matic was ‘forced’ to stay at the club this summer but could have linked up with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez at Inter, if he was allowed to leave. So far this season, after not being picked to start or come off the bench in the first three matches, Matic played 22 minutes against Southampton, a 1-1 draw.

Looking at the fact Matic has been overlooked by Solskjaer this season is pretty telling that his number is nearly up. When he has played, he has been very slow, effectively slowing down United’s counter-attacking play, even taking time to despatch the ball, which is clearly not going to work for United. Matic has been professional, to a point.

Only last week, Matic had suggested that Solskjaer could lose his job this season if he did not get things right. Some took that as a criticism, others a call to arms to get the players ready for their matches after the first international break of the season. The media, of course, took the negative slant as the words ‘Manchester United’ sell and bring in clicks. Matic said:

“The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title and if he does not win, he bears the responsibility.

“I have been in football for a long time, I have played almost all the games for all the clubs in the last 10 years.

“In order for me to play, one had to sit on the bench and accept that fact, and so do I now.”

At this moment in time, it is hard to see where Matic fits into this United team. With Solskjaer utilising a 4-2-3-1 formation, which is not really working, with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay the trusted central midfielders, even a switch to a 4-3-3 formation might see Matic remain on the bench or not involved at all.

United need more creativity in the midfield, which is where Angel Gomes could come in. In terms of filling Matic’s position, James Garner, who has so far performed for the U23s this season, scoring four goals and one assist in the four matches he has played, could see him fast-tracked into first team contention, which would be great to see.

Garner has been compared to United coach and former player, Michael Carrick. This is based on his style of play and positioning during matches. Despite his age, 18, Garner plays football as a much older player. He is calm and composed with a high work rate and level of determination. He’s a natural leader with a good footballing mind.

Ensuring that the 18-year-old plays first team football this season will be down to Solskjaer, who can call on his services from the U23s. United also have the likes of Fred, who has not played a single minute of football this season but for me, Garner is the more exciting prospect, although Fred should be given a chance to redeem himself after last season.

I would imagine, that if Garner started playing to a good standard at first-team level, the likelihood of Matic leaving in January or even next summer would be very high, as long as there was interest in his services, of which there would seem to be in Italy. Should Garner and Fred play well, if, given the chance, this could, in fact, become reality?

Inter Milan warned to hurry up if they want to sign Romelu Lukaku this summer

Manchester United has reportedly warned Inter Milan to hurry up if they want to sign Romelu Lukaku this summer. The Belgian striker has been linked with a move to Serie A all summer after he stated Antonio Conte was the best manager in the world. There have been a number of suggestions of offers for the 26-year-old with a two-year loan deal with a purchase at the end of the term to a £54 million offer to buy him this summer – both seemingly being rejected.

Lukaku travelled on the clubs pre-season tour to Australia, where the club beat Perth Glory 2-0 and Leeds United 4-0, before heading to Singapore, where they beat Inter Milan 1-0. With the club currently in Shanghai where they will face Tottenham Hotspur later today, it is expected that Lukaku will once again sit out of the match, despite being fit to play, as the club wants to keep him injury free, which suggests that a move is on the cards.

United paid £75 million to sign Lukaku from Everton two years ago and based on the fact the player has three years remaining, before the clause option of another year is added, it gives United all the decision-making ability in terms of agreeing a fee to let the player leave this summer. This is why Inter Milan have not been bowed down to, as that is not something United should be doing. For years, players who have left the club have done so on the cheap.

There are just two weeks of the transfer window left in England with the window for Premier League clubs again closing before the first match of the season, meaning that United has until 5 pm on Thursday 8 August 2019 to sort out their squad for the new season. I would imagine that there is some kind of deadline in letting Lukaku go as United would need a replacement. However, with the fact that the window in Italy closes later than the one in England, Inter might try and test their luck.

It was reported on Wednesday that Inter are set to offer Ivan Perisic to United as part of the deal to take Lukaku to Italy, however, it has been two years since United were interested in the Croatian winger and now that he has hit the age of 30, he no longer offers what United are seeking. Jose Mourinho wanted Perisic, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants youth as part of his squad. If United accept this deal, it will show a massive weakness.

Solskjaer is said to be holding firm with the Lukaku situation but there must be a point in the future that United would ignore the Italian club, which must be around the time the transfer window closes. United has been linked with Wissam Ben Yedder as a replacement for Lukaku, should he leave the club this summer, which would show that Marcus Rashford might be handed the role as the first choice striker again this coming season.

Ratings: Mason Greenwood shows his ability to sink Inter Milan with his second goal this pre-season

Manchester United beat Inter Milan 1-0 in a match that United dominated from the very start. It was goalless at half time and United took their time to break down the Italian side with Mason Greenwood scoring the opening goal in the 76th minute of the match. Inter are a bit behind United in terms of fitness as this is just their second pre-season match.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with pre-season so far. Beating Perth Glory 2-0, Leeds United 4-0 and Inter Milan 1-0. United have scored seven goals, conceding none. On Thursday, Tottenham Hotspur will be the opposition in Shanghai, China. After that, United will be heading back to Europe for a friendly against Kristiansund before the final International Champions Cup match against AC Milan in Cardiff, Wales.

Man of the Match: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The 21-year-old arrived at United this summer from Crystal Palace. He has put in a number of good performances so far this pre-season. He has shown why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed him. He has the ability to defend, the pace to attack and does both brilliantly so far. This season could see yet another contender for the Player of the Year award.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one made his first appearance in pre-season and despite the level of the opposition rising, he had little to do in just over 60 minutes on the pitch.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

My MOTM. Whether in defence or attack, he puts 100% into what he is doing. To sign him for £45 million is a bargain in this day and age. A true right-back with the ability to break forward and attack or support an attack. He is going to be a great player for United.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

The English defender did well in this match and will have inpressed the manager. He seems to be on the ball with most things and is developing in the right direction. He needs to be given an opportunity this season, or he could well be lost by the club, which would be a massive mistake.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swedish defender played almost an hour against the Italian side and was pretty solid in defence, despite Inter not really throwing at United. A slight injury forced him off with Phil Jones replacing him.

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23 Luke Shaw

The left-back put in a good performance after recovering from a small injury. Used the left flank to aid in attack and nearly got an assist after placing a good ball into Rashford in the first half of the match.

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31 Nemanja Matic

I think the Serbian's best days are behind him now. Too slow for this team. Against opposition in form, he will be a liability.

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6 Paul Pogba

Played well against Inter and seemed to get stuck in. It was like he did not need that new challenge after all. Perhaps with the right player alongside him in midfield, it could be the missing piece for United. He will enjoy playing attacking football, something United seem capable of now.

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21 Daniel James

His pace is top notch. He gets stuck into the game and beating his man. However, in front of goal, he need to do a lot better. It is something that will come to him though. His pace will frighten Premier League defenders though.

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14 Jesse Lingard

The attacking midfielder put the effort in, something he does time and time again. Really pressed Inter in the first half. When he's in form. he's a great player to have in the team. His energy is second to none.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman started up front with Rashford playing on the wing. He seemed lost in the position, despite playing well in the same position four years ago. He played too deep at times, which is something he needs to change if he plays in this position regularly this season.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward put a lot of pressure on Inter's defence. He worked hard during the game and was unlucky not to find a goal in the first half of the match.

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Substitutes

22 Sergio Romero

Replaced De Gea 62'. The Argentinian had little to do in his spell of the game, just like De Gea before him. Inter just did not cause any problems for United's defence.

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18 Ashley Young

Replaced Wan-Bissaka 63'. The veteran did well with the ball at times but in defence, he is more of a worry than a save player to have in the squad. His experience could help during the season but he should only be used in rotation and if injury calls.

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3 Eric Bailly

Replaced Tuanzebe 63'. Cool, calm and composed on the ball. United could have some options in defence this season if all of them keep their early form and carry it into the season proper.

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4 Phil Jones

Replaced Lindelof 57'. Jones looked good when he came on and at times, used his pace to beat Inter on the attack and make the clearance. Could this be the season he actually proves his place in the squad?

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20 Diogo Dalot

Replaced Shaw 62'. Much like Wan-Bissaka, Dalot aimed to get forward most of the time. Having both of these players in contention for the right-back position is going to be good for United, who have not had this much choice for years.

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39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Matic 63'. He did his bit in the game quietly, doing what he needed to do. He is an underrated player and will have his day.

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17 Fred

Replaced Rashford 63'. This is the season which could well define Fred. He has been largely written off after his debut season, but so was Lindelof. He wants to shine for his club, maybe he will, soon.

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15 Andreas Pereira

Replaced Pogba 62'. Put his energy into the game and kept things heading in United's favour. This season will be a big test for him.

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8 Juan Mata

Replaced Lingard 63'. He has the footballing brain that United needs in the squad, however, his pace is not there and physically, he's a passenger in matches where United will press high. He could still play a part this season though.

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Tahith Chong

Replaced James 63'. The young Dutch winger put Inter through their paces pressing the defence, receiving some nasty fouls, one of which forced him off in stoppage time.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Martial 63'. 17 and has scored two goals in the last two matches. Nothing seems too hard for him to achieve. He's hot shy in coming forward and does not let anything faze him. Solskjaer will give him a lot of time this season as he's ready.

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28 Angel Gomes

Replaced Chong 90+2'. Came on at the death to replace Chong. Did not have enough time to get involved in the game.

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Goals: Mason Greenwood 76′

Manchester United: De Gea (Romero 62′); Wan-Bissaka (Young 63′), Tuanzebe (Bailly 63′), Lindelof (Jones 57′), Shaw (Dalot 62′); Matic (McTominay 63′), Pogba (A. Pereira 62′); James (Chong 63′ (Gomes 90+2), Lingard (Mata 63′), Martial (Greenwood 63′); Rashford (Fred 63′)

Substitutes Not Used: J. Pereira; Smalling, Rojo, Darmian; Garner

Bookings: Andreas Pereira 90′; Marcelo Brozovic 27′, Antonio Candreva 71′, Milan Skriniar 87′

Confirmed Starting XI: De Gea, Tuanzebe, Matic, Martial and Rashford start against Inter Milan in Singapore

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United will take on Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan in the first International Champions Cup match of the summer pre-season tour. This match will be played at the Singapore National Stadium, the penultimate match in Asia before United return to Europe for their last two matches of pre-season.

After this match, United will head to Shanghai, China where they will face Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday 25 July 2019 at the Hongkou Stadium in the city. Following that, United will return to Manchester, where they will then head to Oslo, Norway, where they will take on Solskjaer’s former club, Kristiansund before heading to Cardiff, where they will face AC Milan in the third and final International Champions Cup match.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Shaw;

Matic, Pogba;

James, Lingard, Martial;

Rashford

Substitutes:

Romero, J. Pereira; Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Dalot, Darmian; Mata, A. Pereira, Fred, Gomes, Garner, McTominay; Greenwood, Chong

Inter Milan:

Handanovic;

D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Skriniar;

Candreva, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Sensi, Dalbert;

Esposito, Longo

Substitutes:

Padelli, Berni, Ranocchia, Joao Mario, Borja Valero, Barella, Perisic, Colidio, Agoumé, Bastoni, Ntube, Pirola, Vergani

United and Inter have played four competitive matches in the history of both clubs; the first two were played more than 20 years ago, the other two played more than a decade ago – all in the UEFA Champions League. United won twice and drew twice, heading into the next round of the competition each time, even reaching the final in each year; 1999 and 2009, however, United were defeated by Barcelona in 2009, winning the Champions League in 1999 after beating Bayern Munich in added time.

How Manchester United could look against Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup in Singapore

Manchester United will take on Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup at the Singapore National Stadium on Saturday 20 July 2019, KO 12:30 BST. The match will be the first in the International Champions Cup this summer and the penultimate match in Asia. United have beaten both Perth Glory (2-0) and Leeds United (4-0) in Australia.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go head to head with Antonio Conte in this match in a bid to test his squad ahead of the new Premier League season. Whilst winning the first two matches may have been impressive with the squad scoring six goals in total, conceding none, the players were hardly tested which is something the Italian team could do.

United will play three more pre-season matches after this one; Tottenham Hotspur in the International Champions Cup at the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai on Thursday 25 July 2019, KO 12:30 BST, Kristiansund at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, Norway on Tuesday 30 July 2019, KO 18:00 BST and the final match against AC Milan in the International Champions Cup at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday 3 August 2019, KO 17:30 BST.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper has not played a single minute of football during pre-season, missing the 2-0 victory over Perth Glory and the 4-0 victory over Leeds United. Solskjaer has confirmed that the Spaniard has recovered from illness which stopped him from playing a part in both matches and he should be fit to face Inter Milan as he will need the minutes in order to prepare properly for the forthcoming season.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw

United’s defence was a problem last season which is why the club is being linked with the likes of Harry Maguire. Aaron Wan-Bissaka played well against Leeds United on Wednesday, showing his defensive and attacking abilities, assisting Mason Greenwood’s opener. Luka Shaw can play similarly on the left. Victor Lindelof is the best defender at the club currently and maybe Axel Tuanzebe can be given a chance to show just what he can do against better opposition.

Midfielders: Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba

This midfield combination worked well against Leeds United, a game in which Paul Pogba was the Man of the Match based on what he did in the 45 minutes he played. In this match, both Pogba and Scott McTominay will need to play more minutes, if they are both selected, in order for them to be ready for the new season which is vastly approaching.

Attacking Midfield: Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, Daniel James

The duo of Mason Greenwood and Daniel James on the flanks and Rashford leading the line, United were able to use their pace in attack, which got the best against both Perth Glory and Leeds United. Adding Angel Gomes against Inter Milan could be a good move as he is tidy on the ball and can play a part similar to a young Juan Mata, a player he could emulate at the Old Trafford club.

Striker: Marcus Rashford

The 21-year-old has done well during pre-season so far, scoring twice in the matches against Perth Glory and Leeds United. Marcus Rashford is a player who can become a star in this team and has achieved a lot in the three and a half years he has been a part of the first team at United. He will be itching to get out there and show what he can do. Right now, he is in much better form than Anthony Martial, in terms of goalscoring, so leading the line should be his job for now, at least.

Substitutes: Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira; Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young, Diogo Dalot, Matteo Darmian; Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Nemanja Matic, James Garner, Tahith Chong; Anthony Martial

Solskjaer confirmed that he would not be switching the entire team in the second half against Inter Milan and that some players would play 45 minutes, 60 minutes and even 70 minutes as they look to step up their match fitness ahead of the new season starting. The arrival of Matteo Darmian and Fred will give more depth to the squad, but both may not feature in this game. However, there is some strength in depth available in this squad with plenty of youth to choose from.

Preview: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United ready for Inter Milan in Singapore

Manchester United -v- Inter Milan

International Champions Cup

Singapore National Stadium, Singapore

Saturday 20 July 2019, KO 12:30 BST

Manchester United will take on Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup at the Singapore National Stadium on Saturday 20 July 2019, KO 12:30 BST. The match will be the first in the International Champions Cup this summer and the penultimate match in Asia. United have beaten both Perth Glory (2-0) and Leeds United (4-0) in Australia.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go head to head with Antonio Conte in this match in a bid to test his squad ahead of the new Premier League season. Whilst winning the first two matches may have been impressive with the squad scoring six goals in total, conceding none, the players were hardly tested which is something the Italian team could do.

United will play three more pre-season matches after this one; Tottenham Hotspur in the International Champions Cup at the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai on Thursday 25 July 2019, KO 12:30 BST, Kristiansund at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, Norway on Tuesday 30 July 2019, KO 18:00 BST and the final match against AC Milan in the International Champions Cup at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday 3 August 2019, KO 17:30 BST.

Form: Both United and Inter and undefeated in pre-season but United have played two matches to Inter’s one this summer

Manchester United: Leeds United 4-0 W, Perth Glory 2-0 W

Inter Milan: FC Lugano 2-1 W

Top Scorers: United has scored six goals in pre-season whilst Inter has scored just two. Marcus Rashford looking to be in the zone?

Manchester United: Scoring goals has been easy so far but it will become more difficult as pre-season continues

Goals: 2 – Marcus Rashford, 1 – Anthony Martial, James Garner, Mason Greenwood, Phil Jones

Assists: 1 – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay

United has already played two matches of their pre-season tour this summer, beating Perth Glory 2-0 in which Marcus Rashford (60′) and James Garner (85′) scored the goals. United also beat Leeds United 4-0 with goals from Mason Greenwood, Rashford, Phil Jones and a penalty by Anthony Martial. This will be the third match of the summer.

Inter Milan: Two goals scored in one pre-season match so far this summer – could be up for the challenge with United

Goals: 1 – Marcelo Brozovic, Stefano Sensi

Assists: 1 – Ivan Perisic, Marcelo Brozovic

Internazionale has played just one match of pre-season this summer, beating FC Lugano at the Comunale di Cornaredo in Switzerland. The match was a 2-1 victory with Stefano Sensi (25′) and Marcelo Brozovic (45′) scoring the goals in the first half with Lugano getting a goal back through Leutrim Kryeziu (87′). This will be Inter’s second match of the summer.

Team News: Romelu Lukaku out of this match, David De Gea and Luke Shaw should both be fit

Manchester United will be without Romelu Lukaku, who is not yet fit and has not played part in the pre-season matches so far this summer. There might be something in his prospective move to Inter Milan, however, it looks like that will not happen ahead of this match. David De Gea will train today and Luke Shaw should be ready to face Inter Milan. Solskjaer said:

“I think both will be available. Luke [Shaw] did a decent training session yesterday before we left [Perth] and David [De Gea] is probably well enough to train today. So we’ll try to get 60 minutes or longer out of him. It shouldn’t be too difficult, he’s a keeper!

“We’ll give some players 45 minutes, some will get 60, maybe up to 70. But, it’s another stepping stone. We’re not planning to swap all 11 at half-time this time around.”

Solskjaer confirmed that he will not change the entire team at half time for this game. He has confirmed that some players will play 45 minutes, some 60 minutes, some 70 minutes. As the opposition quality has gone up more than a notch, it is important to get these players ready for the start of the new season, which starts against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Predicted Starting XI: A strong team to take on Inter Milan in Singapore. Marcus Rashford to bag another goal? Daniel James to shine again? Axel Tuanzebe to be given a chance to show his ability?

Manchester United will probably start a strong team against Inter Milan on Saturday in Singapore. I expect Marcus Rashford to lead the line, supported by Daniel James (left), Mason Greenwood (right) and Angel Gomes, playing in the middle behind Rashford. A midfield duo of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay would be a good fit in this team.

The defence is something that may need to change, in order to find the best fit. Axel Tuanzebe deserves a chance against a higher calibre of opposition, especially with the fact that he did not feature in the 4-0 victory over Leeds United on Wednesday. Victor Lindelof should partner him. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luka Shaw should both play with David De Gea in goal for the first time this summer.

Match Prediction: Manchester United to be tested by Inter Milan but could have the skills, pace and ability to make it three wins in a row

United has played Inter Milan four times; twice twenty years ago in the UEFA Champions League, winning 2-0 at Old Trafford with a brace from Dwight Yorke and drawing 1-1 at the San Siro with Paul Scholes scoring an equaliser two minutes from time. United progressed to the final that season, beating Bayern Munich. United also faced Inter a decade ago in the Champions League; drawing 0-0 at the San Siro and winning 2-0 at Old Trafford with goals from Nemanja Vidic and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United 2-1 Inter Milan

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