Manchester United kick off the European leg of their pre-season preparations with a pleasant in opposition to Atletico Madrid.
The Red Devils went unbeaten on their tour of Thailand and Australia, successful their first three matches in opposition to Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace earlier than succumbing to a late draw in opposition to Aston Villa.
After returning dwelling, they proceed their build-up to the brand new season in opposition to an Atletico aspect who dumped them out of the Champions League simply 4 months in the past.
Here’s the whole lot it’s good to know forward of this one.
Atletico Madrid face Numancia of their first pleasant of this pre-season marketing campaign on Wednesday.
Assuming they make it via unscathed, Diego Simeone could have near a full squad to pick from, with solely Joao Felix and Jose Maria Gimenez uncertain via harm.
Antoine Griezmann has shopped round within the switch market however suitors have but to emerge, whereas Juventus are making an attempt to re-sign Alvaro Morata. New signings Axel Witsel and Samuel Lino might characteristic, whereas Atletico hope to finish a deal for Nahuel Molina in the approaching days.
(4-4-2): Oblak; Wass, Felipe, Savic, Lodi; Llorente, Koke, Witsel, Carrasco; Griezmann, Cunha
Atletico Madrid are the primary of Man Utd’s two opponents this weekend, with Erik ten Hag set to face the Old Trafford crowd on Sunday in opposition to Rayo Vallecano.
With that in thoughts, it could be comprehensible for the Dutchman to relaxation most of his foremost stars and hand out taking part in time to those that haven’t featured a lot to date in pre-season.
Christian Eriksen might make his first look for the membership after agreeing on a free switch, whereas the formalities of the Lisandro Martinez deal ought to be accomplished in time to make an look, however most likely not from the beginning.
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester on Tuesday to talk about his future but it surely is unknown if he has resumed coaching but.
(4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Peace, Van de Beek; Amad, Eriksen, Elanga; Warlike
While Atletico have simply began their pre-season preparations, Man Utd are trying very tidy 4 video games into the Ten Hag’s reign.
Rotation may make them somewhat extra nervous on the ball, however this shall be about attending to grips with the Dutchman’s rules greater than the consequence (however his rant after shifting to Villa exhibits he nonetheless cares in regards to the backside line too).
For Atletico to get the higher of a aspect that seems to be fairly properly drilled this month could be a matter so early of their pleasant fixture checklist. The Red Devils ought to nearly keep their undefeated summer time right here.
Prediction: Atletico Madrid 1-2 Man Utd