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Confirmed Starting XI: De Gea captains United; Martial, Rashford, Mata, and Pereira lead the line against Milan

Manchester United will take on AC Milan in the International Champions Cup at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. This will be United’s final ICC match and the final match of pre-season. United have beaten both Perth Glory 2-0, Leeds United 4-0, Inter Milan 1-0, Tottenham Hotspur 2-1, and Kristiansund 1-0. They have the chance to lift the International Champions Cup too.

Currently, Benfica is the only other team in the tournament that has a 100% record, winning all three matches they have played. United has won both of theirs and will need to beat AC Milan by at least three goals to level Benfica at the top of the table on points and goal difference. The rules state that head to head record will decide the winner but United has not played Benfica this summer.

Therefore it will be decided based on results against a common opponent. Benfica has beaten Guadalajara 3-0, Fiorentina 1-0 and AC Milan 1-0. Milan are the only common opponent so United would need to better the result Benfica had but they also need to score three goals to match Benfica’s goal difference. If that happens, United will win the International Champions Cup for a second time.

Manchester United:

De Gea (c);

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw;

Matic, McTominay;

Mata, Pereira, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Romero, Grant; Jones, Smalling, Young, Dalot, Tuanzebe; Lingard, Fred, James, Gomes, Garner; Greenwood, Chong

AC Milan:

G. Donnarumma;

Calabria, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodriguez;

Borini, Biglia, Calhanoglu;

Suso;

Castillejo, Piatek

Substitutes:

A. Donnarumma, Reina, Conti, Gabbia, Strinic, Bonaventura, Bresciani, Krunic, Mionic, Leao, Maldini, Silva

United has played Milan ten times with United winning five times and Milan winning five times. The last matches were played nine years ago with United winning 3-2 at the San Siro, with goals from Wayne Rooney, a brace, and Paul Scholes. Then a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford with a brace from Rooney and goals from Ji-sung Park and Darren Fletcher. Of course, since both teams last played each other, Milan has slipped massively.

How Manchester United could look against AC Milan in the final International Champions Cup match in Cardiff

Manchester United will take on AC Milan in the International Champions Cup at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. This will be United’s final ICC match and the final match of pre-season. United have beaten both Perth Glory 2-0, Leeds United 4-0, Inter Milan 1-0, Tottenham Hotspur 2-1, and Kristiansund 1-0. They have the chance to lift the International Champions Cup too.

Currently, Benfica is the only other team in the tournament that has a 100% record, winning all three matches they have played. United has won both of theirs and will need to beat AC Milan by at least three goals to level Benfica at the top of the table on points and goal difference. The rules state that head to head record will decide the winner but United has not played Benfica this summer.

Therefore it will be decided based on results against a common opponent. Benfica has beaten Guadalajara 3-0, Fiorentina 1-0 and AC Milan 1-0. Milan are the only common opponent so United would need to better the result Benfica had but they also need to score three goals to match Benfica’s goal difference. If that happens, United will win the International Champions Cup for a second time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without Eric Bailly, who had a second knee operation this year and will be out for four to five months. Romelu Lukaku was missing from the squad also, so will have missed all six pre-season matches this summer. Some will suggest it is because he is leaving the club, others may say that he is injured. There is no smoke without fire.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spanish number one has played a few pre-season matches now and is returning to form. It was suggested that he could be leaving this summer but now it seems likely that he will renew his contract once again, staying at the club for the foreseeable future. He may even become the clubs new captain, which would be good for him and the development of the team. Having him in the squad is the best thins really, based on what he has done to help the club since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, which saw United slip in form, something they are still trying to recover from.

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

United’s defence conceded more than 50 goals in the Premier League alone last season which saw the club finish in sixth place once again. Aaron Wan-Bissaka arrived at the club from Crystal Palace and so far it has worked in the favour of United with a true right-back playing in the squad again. Victor Lindelof was the clubs stand-out central defender last season and finding a partner for him was urgent. United seem to have done that in Harry Maguire. Ahead of the Milan match, Axel Tuanzebe needs to be tested. Obviously, Luke Shaw will play at left-back in the final pre-season match of the summer. One last test before results matter again with Chelsea just over a week away from arriving at the Theatre of Dreams.

Midfielders: Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba

This is an area that United may need some creativity added to the squad, hence the reported interest in Bruno Fernandes. Right now though, United are stuck with what they have got. Real Madrid now seems to hold no interest in Paul Pogba, so he should remain at the club. Against Milan, the Frenchman should be partnered by Scott McTominay as I feel he is ahead of Nemanja Matic, based on ability, not experience. United may need to get something sorted with a manner of days standing in the way before another transfer window slams shut.

Attacking Midfield: Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, Daniel James

United have the luxury of fast-paces players in their ranks this summer with the addition of Daniel James, who arrived from Swansea City and Mason Greenwood, who came through the clubs academy. Both have been prevalent during the pre-season matches already played, which makes United look a lot quicker and more able to press their opposition high up the pitch. Both should play against Milan, as should Angel Gomes, who has done well recently, scoring the winner against Spurs last week.

Striker: Marcus Rashford

The 21-year-old has scored two goals in pre-season so far this summer and United has played five matches – winning them all with ten goals scored and only one conceded so far. Rashford was said to be the player who would lead the line but more recently, he has played on the flanks again, giving Anthony Martial a chance to lead the line. Rashford seems more determined whilst leading the line but depending on how the summer transfer window transpires, there may be other options coming.

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

United have many capable players on the bench, some of whom could change matches, however, it is clear to see that strengthening is needed if United are to propel themselves back to the pinnacle of domestic, then European football. There are plenty of young and quick players in the squad as a whole with many options for Solskjaer ahead of this match and the new season.

Preview: Manchester United aiming to end pre-season on a high with victory over Milan

Manchester United -v- AC Milan

International Champions Cup

Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

Saturday 3 August 2019, KO 17:30 BST

Manchester United will take on AC Milan in the International Champions Cup at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. This will be United’s final ICC match and the final match of pre-season. United have beaten both Perth Glory 2-0, Leeds United 4-0, Inter Milan 1-0, Tottenham Hotspur 2-1, and Kristiansund 1-0. They have the chance to lift the International Champions Cup too.

Currently, Benfica is the only other team in the tournament that has a 100% record, winning all three matches they have played. United has won both of theirs and will need to beat AC Milan by at least three goals to level Benfica at the top of the table on points and goal difference. The rules state that head to head record will decide the winner but United has not played Benfica this summer.

Therefore it will be decided based on results against a common opponent. Benfica has beaten Guadalajara 3-0, Fiorentina 1-0 and AC Milan 1-0. Milan are the only common opponent so United would need to better the result Benfica had but they also need to score three goals to match Benfica’s goal difference. If that happens, United will win the International Champions Cup for a second time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without Eric Bailly, who had a second knee operation this year and will be out for four to five months. Romelu Lukaku was missing from the squad also, so will have missed all six pre-season matches this summer. Some will suggest it is because he is leaving the club, others may say that he is injured. There is no smoke without fire.

Form: United undefeated in pre-season so far; Milan beaten against both Bayern Munich and Benfica.

Manchester United:Leeds United 4-0 W, Perth Glory 2-0 W, Inter Milan 1-0 W, Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 W, Kristiansund 1-0 W

AC Milan:Bayern Munich 1-0 L, Benfica 1-0 L

Top Scorers: United has scored ten goals in pre-season whilst Milan has scored none.

Manchester United:Scoring goals has been easy so far but it will become more difficult as pre-season ends and the Premier League season starts.

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

Assists:2 – Andreas Pereira, 1 – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay

United has played five matches of their pre-season tour this summer, beating Perth Glory 2-0, Leeds United 4-0, Inter Milan 1-0, Tottenham Hotspur 2-1, and Kristiansund 1-0. It is a good pre-season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who at this moment in time has a 100% record. Winning this match will keep that and set the club up for the new season, however, there is still much work to be done.

AC Milan:Two defeats and no goals scored in pre-season so far this summer.

Goals:None

Assists:None

Milan has played twice this summer, both in the International Champions Cup. Ther were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich – a match that was played at the Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, which followed another 1-0 defeat by Benfica, which was played at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. This could be the clubs third defeat in a row this summer.

Team News: Eric Bailly out of this match through injury; Romelu Lukaku could play his first match of the summer after recovering from injury.

Manchester United will be without Eric Bailly for this game with the Ivorian missing the next four to five months of football with a knee injury. Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku was tipped by Solskjaer earlier in the week to possibly be available for this match, however, he did not travel so will have missed all pre-season matches this summer. United does not seem to have any other problems to face Milan. Solskjaer said:

“He [Lukaku] got injured so it was best for him to stay home. He wouldn’t have been able to play. He might be able to train in the next few days.”

Solskjaer has a strong squad this summer, which is a mix of experienced players and some of the clubs most talented youth players from the Academy. Mason Greenwood has played well this summer, bagging himself two goals; one against Leeds United, the other against Inter Milan. James Garner scored against Perth Glory with Angel Gomes scoring against Spurs. The manager will be pleased with the youth.

Predicted Starting XI: Youth to be given a chance against Milan as United look to end pre-season with undefeated, maybe with a trophy!

Solskjaer has used 27 players during pre-season this summer with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Anthony Martial, Daniel James, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford playing more minutes than any of their teammates. It is likely that all of these will be involved against Milan, ensuring their fitness ahead of the Premier League season starting a week on Sunday with the visit of Chelsea to the Theatre of Dreams.

I would expect David De Gea to play in goal with a back four of Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe and Luke Shaw. Chris Smalling might be in with a shout but he has played a small part in pre-season so far. I would expect a midfield two again, consisting of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba. Supporting Marcus Rashford as the striker, I expect to see Daniel James, Mason Greenwood and maybe Angel Gomes once again.

Match Prediction: United seem to be more dominant in their matches than this lowly Milan team, who have fallen massively in the last decade.

United has played Milan ten times with United winning five times and Milan winning five times. The last matches were played nine years ago with United winning 3-2 at the San Siro, with goals from Wayne Rooney, a brace, and Paul Scholes. Then a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford with a brace from Rooney and goals from Ji-sung Park and Darren Fletcher. Of course, since both teams last played each other, Milan has slipped massively.

Manchester United 3-0 AC Milan

Confirmed Starting XI: Wan-Bissaka, Greenwood, James and Martial start against Spurs

Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur at the Hongkou Stadium on Shaghai in their second match of the International Champions Cup this summer. This will be United’s fourth pre-season match this summer, beating Perth Glory 2-0, Leeds United 4-0 and Inter Milan 1-0 so far. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to continue their winning run against Spurs.

United are also seeking to overturn a poor season last term by getting ready for the upcoming season, in which they will face Chelsea at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the Premier League, in just over two weeks time. Solskjaer is also tasked with strengthening his squad this summer, so far with the addition of Daniel James from Swansea City and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. Two weeks remain in the transfer window to add more players to the squad.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Smalling, Rojo, Young;

McTominay, A. Pereira, Pogba;

Greenwood, Martial, James

Substitutes:

Romero, J. Pereira; Lindelof, Bailly, Dalot, Shaw, Tuanzebe; Mata, Lingard, Fred, Gomes, Matic, Garner; Rashford, Chong

Tottenham Hotspur:

Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Tanganga, Vertonghen, Georgiou, Winks, Sissoko, Ndombele, Dele, Parrott, Kane

Substitutes:

United and Spurs have played each other 191 times competitively with United winning 91 times, drawing 48 times and losing 52 times. Last season, United fell to a 3-0 defeat against Spurs at Old Trafford in August 2018, winning 1-0 in the reverse fixture in the league in January 2019. In their last ten matches, United have won six and lost four. Beating Spurs will mean nothing in pre-season but will show if United has improved this summer.

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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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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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

Ratings: Alexis Sanchez shone against Real Madrid; Ander Herrera and Juan Mata also contenders

Manchester United beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Alexis Sanchez opened up the scoring, assisted by Matteo Darmian and Ander Herrera, assisted by Sanchez doubled the lead. Karim Benzema got a goal back at the end of the first half. Real Madrid asked plenty of questions of United’s defence, passing the test.

Sanchez was the Man of the Match for me. A goal and an assist. His pace, added to his athleticism, physicality and the fact he’s had a break this summer could put him into the zone when the new season starts. It looks like he could be leading the line with Romelu Lukaku still on holiday and Anthony Martial, for want of a better description, AWOL. It was a good test against Real Madrid, who played plenty of youth throughout the game.

Ander Herrera’s goal, putting United 2-0 up came after some good play by the Spaniard. Sanchez made the assist after Juan Mata started the attack from the right flank. Sanchez’s vision saw Herrera in a better position, laying the ball on the him, putting United 2-0 up and cruising at the time. Karim Benzema scored a consolation in added time at the end of the first half of the game.

United will be heading back to Manchester through the night, ready for their next game against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Sunday evening. The tour was not the best for the American supporters, which is because of the FIFA World Cup. United were missing 14 first team players ahead of this match, and considering the result, the weakened side did very well, especially only losing once at the hands of Liverpool.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Played 90 minutes. Had very little to do in the first half of the game, the only decent chance was Benzema's in the early stages of the half. Good to see him back and ready to start the new season next week. Conceded in stoppage time with Benzema getting Real Madrid back into the game. Put in a few saves in the second half.

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3 Eric Bailly

Had a good game defensively, captaining the team against Madrid. Put in a tremendous block, taking one for the team, which brought tears to my eyes. Held firm in the second half with the Spanish side asking plenty of questions of United's defence.

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24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Put in a good shift in defence. Had everything covered for the majority of the first half, however, United conceded in stoppage time. Played well in the second half with Real Madrid pressuring United's defence.

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39 Scott McTominay

Played in a three-man defence, which was a surprise. Many suggest he could be a defender in the future. Put in a few fine tackles. Mourinho could have started something here. Moved to the midfield late in the game before being replaced by Mitchell after seemingly suffering a knock.

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Matteo Darmian

Had a good game playing as the right-wing-back. Assisted for United first goal in the game, scored by Sanchez in the 18th minute of the match.

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Andreas Pereira

Having the Belgian-born Brazilian back at the club this season gives a new-found depth to the midfield. Playing in the number six role, filling in well, considering he has played more of a wing position for much of his career, so far at least.

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17 Fred

Started his first game for United, which is good news ahead of the new season. Played well in the first half as he is finding his feet. Did not seem out of place. However, his lack of fitness showed signs in the second half. The Brazilian was replaced by Tuanzebe in the 68th minute.

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23 Luke Shaw

Had some involvement in the left-wing-back position. Got forward a few times. Won United a corner later in the second half.

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21 Ander Herrera

Scored United's second goal of the evening after Mata broke forward, passed to Sanchez in the box who set the Spaniard up for the doubler over Madrid.

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8 Juan Mata

The Spanish attacking midfielder has been in some good form during pre-season. Set up United's second goal, finding Sanchez after breaking forward, which was then player to Herrera, who scored the second goal. Mata did well in the second half and was replaced in the 82nd minute by Garner.

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Alexis Sanchez

Opened the scoring against for United, assisted by Darmian in the 18th minute of the game, playing as the striker once again. Got an assist in Herrera's goal, having the ball played from Mata and thinking ahead to fine Herrera, who found the back of the net.

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Substitutes

38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced Fred 68'. Put in a shift to keep Real Madrid at bay in the second half, with them in effect camping in United's final third.

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35 Demetri Mitchell

Replaced McTominay 79'. Got involved in the match and helped Sanchez during the few attacks with Real Madrid controlling the game in the second half.

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James Garner

Replaced Mata 82'. Had an eight minute cameo. Did well against the Champions League holders. Will be pleased to get involved in the game.

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Goals: Alexis Sanchez 18′, Ander Herrera 27′

Assists: Matteo Darmian 18′, Alexis Sanchez 27′

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Shaw; Fred (Tuanzebe 68′), A. Pereira, Herrera; Mata (Garner 82′), Sanchez, McTominay (Mitchell 79′)

Substitutes Not Used: Grant, J. Pereira; Williams; Hamilton, Gomes; Chong, Bohui, Greenwood

Report: Manchester United 2-1 Real Madrid – International Champions Cup

Manchester United beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Alexis Sanchez opened up the scoring, assisted by Matteo Darmian and Ander Herrera, assisted by Sanchez doubled the lead. Karim Benzema got a goal back at the end of the first half. Real Madrid asked plenty of questions of United’s defence, passing the test.

Jose Mourinho made a few changes from the defeat to Liverpool. David De Gea made his first appearance for the club this summer and Fred made his first start as a United player. Luke Shaw returned after being an unused substitute against Liverpool with Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez continuing as the experienced forwards. This was Real Madrid’s first pre-season match this summer.

As the match started, United’s formation had changed from what was expected. McTominay was slotted into the centre of defence with Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah alongside him. United created something through Sanchez in the third minute of the match. However, Jesus Vallejo was left behind by the Chilean in midfield and he hauled Sanchez to the ground, winning a free-kick for United.

Two minutes later, United had another chance after Matteo Darmian passed the ball across the pitch, finding Sanchez, who cut inside on his right, floating a great ball into Mata, who messed up his shot and hit the side netting. Real Madrid had an equally good opportunity to open the scoring in the eighth minute of the match through Karim Benzema. In the ninth minute, Fred won a free-kick in his own half of the pitch.

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Just inside the 11th minute of the game, after some good interplay between Sanchez and Mata, the Spaniard had another shot on goal, which was saved by Kiko Casilla. After the early stages of the game, which saw both teams creates chances and goalscoring opportunities, Madrid started to take control of the game in the 13th minute with long spells of possession. Mata won a free-kick in the 16th minute after being fouled.

Andreas Pereira pinged a log diagonal cross into Shaw on the left flank but the left-back was adjudged to be offside. Real Madrid started to aim to take control again, United took the lead in the 18th minute of the match through Sanchez, assisted by Darmian with a great cross from the right. It was a good show of attacking ability by United, taking their chance against Madrid, the third in the game so far, for United anyway.

In the 24th minute of the game, Real Madrid had their second chance with Gareth Bale in the box, after starting the attack, not getting on the end of the cross properly, putting the ball out for a United goal kick. United, at the other end of the pitch, had another chance to create something, Shaw on the ball and Sanchez shouting for the pass, but Shaw taking the shot, hitting his man and the ball going out or play.

United doubled their lead in the 27th minute of the match, going 2-0 up. Ander Herrera was the goalscorer after Mata broke forward, tried to play the ball into Sanchez, who headed it backward for Herrera to gather the ball and fire United with the advantage. The media won’t like this at all, but then again, they will find something else to keep their negativity running ahead of the Premier League starting next week. Bless them.

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Madrid had an opportunity to get themselves back into the game in the 29th minute but United gathered the ball in the box the thwarted the opportunity. Vinicius Jr looks like a good talent for Madrid, he was trying to get something from the game for his club on his debut. Just before the 31st minute of the game was over, a water break was called with both teams taking advantage of team talks from the respective managers.

After the water break, United were looking to continue where the game ended, heading into the final ten minutes of the half. Madrid regained possession and looked to get forward to find a goal to put them back into the game. Sanchez won another free-kick for United, inside his own half after a foul. United were playing short passes to advance. A poor pass by Bailly gave Madrid a throw in.

Real Madrid had another chance in the closing stages of the half but United thwarted the chance, breaking down possession inside the box. The UEFA Champions League holders then got in an advanced position again, seeking a goal, with Bailly putting himself in to block a chance, taking one for the team and giving Madrid a corner, which came to nothing.

United won a corner in the last minute of normal time in the first half, taking advantage of a sloppy back pass, putting a cross into the box and the Real Madrid defender putting the ball out of play. Herrera was in the box, aiming to get something from the corner, his shot on goal blocked with Real Madrid back out on the attack. Real Madrid got a goal back in stoppage time through Benzema. 2-1 at the break.

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Mourinho made no changes at the start of the second half, with Real Madrid making four. Pereira and Fred seemed to be playing well at the start of the second half, showing great composure and control under pressure from Madrid, getting United out of a situation that could have been troublesome. Real Madrid has a chance in the 51st minute after Fred lost possession, which came to nothing.

Ten minutes into the second half, United seemed to drop back, inviting pressure from Real Madrid. Mourinho has a lack of experienced options on the bench and it could be a sign of fatigue in the Miami heat. Real Madrid seemed Mohave taken control of the game by the 57th minute and Martin Odegaard had a sublime change to level the score, firing over the crossbar.

In the 61st minute, Madrid made two more changes, United still not making any. Sanchez won a free-kick for United in the 64th minute after a poor challenge with United dealing with a lot of pressure in their own half. Mourinho made a substitution in the 68th minute of the match with Axel Tuanzebe replacing Fred. McTominay moved forward back into the midfield.

With 20 minutes remaining, Sanchez released Shaw into space on the left but Shaw’s ball was poorly placed into the box and Mata, awaiting the pass in the box had little chance to receive it. Real Madrid has plenty of possession in United’s final third. Shaw nearly gave away a penalty, a free-kick being awarded at the edge of the box, on United’s left. Odegaard went for goal, De Gea punching the ball away.

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There was another water break with 15 minutes of the match remaining. Real Madrid made further changes, introducing Toni Kroos, Nacho, Isco and Marco Asensio. McTominay could not finish the game, seemingly after a knock Mourinho opting to replace him with Demetri Mitchell. Real Madrid had a chance in the 81st minute but the ball flashed across the face of the goal. Another second later was kept out by De Gea.

Mourinho brought on 17-year-old James Garner for Mata in the 82nd minute of the match. There was 64,141 inside the Hard Rock Stadium for this game. Not quote the levels of Old Trafford but not a bad crowd, considering the negativity surrounding the squad this summer. Perhaps most people ignore the media too? I guess that is probably the best way.

United seemed to be hanging on with five minutes remaining. Real Madrid were pressuring in the final third. Fosu-Mensah seemed able to keep closing down his opposition, playing a good defensive game against this Madrid side. Real Madrid won a free-kick after Pereira fouled his man, not that he was in agreement with the referee. Sanchez was still putting in the effort this late in the game. A true athlete.

Real Madrid won another free-kick as Isco went down on the right flank after a Darmian challenge. United defended well, giving away a corner in the last minute of the match. Kroos took the corner, which was not a great set-piece. Three minutes of stoppage time was added at the end of the match. Real Madrid were still asking questions of United’s defence.

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Madrid won another free-kick, this time further back after Herrera’s foul. Madrid won another corner with 80 second remaining, De Gea collecting the ball, seemingly taking his time to play it. Real Madrid had a shot in the last 15 seconds, De Gea collecting the ball. United ended their pre-season tour on a high beating Real Madrid.

The squad will fly back to Manchester through the night days ahead of their final pre-season match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Sunday evening. Mourinho will be relieved that his side ended with a victory in normal time. Perhaps in the coming days, some business will be conducted and United can continue their preparations for the new season.

Goals: Alexis Sanchez 18′, Ander Herrera 27′

Assists: Matteo Darmian 18′, Alexis Sanchez 27′

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Shaw; Fred (Tuanzebe 68′), A. Pereira, Herrera; Mata (Garner 82′), Sanchez, McTominay (Mitchell 79′)

Substitutes Not Used: Grant, J. Pereira; Williams; Hamilton, Gomes; Chong, Bohui, Greenwood

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