With the first tour game under their books, the Manchester United players will begin to feel their match fitness levels increase. Next up is a game against the old enemy, Leeds United.
Our Yorkshire rivals narrowly missed out on promotion (ha!), but they’ll be gearing up for another shot at doing just that over the next twelve months.
Albeit only a ‘friendly’ (I use the term lightly in this case), it’s always nice to beat your rivals. This time around it’ll be no different, with us here at Old Trafford Faithful fully expecting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to go with a youthful line-up for this one.
Let’s get right into our predicted starting XI…
David de Gea will play as he didn’ feature at all against Perth Glory. He’ll have a young, yet talented defence in front of him. Luke Shaw will start at left-back after overcoming a hamstring knock, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka starting over on the right. Axel Tuanzebe looked good against Perth Glory, this is the perfect chance at a step-up in quality for the young man. Victor Lindelof will be his partner.
James Garner made an instant impact last time out, scoring within minutes of coming on for the aforementioned Shaw. The teenager should play here, preferably alongside the older, wiser, Paul Pogba. Angel Gomes will sit just in front of these two in the #10 role.
The front three is filled with sheer talent and excitement. Marcus Rashford will lead the line with the 17-year-old Mason Greenwood on his right and the 21-year-old Daniel James on his left. The Wales international actually came so close to joining Leeds in January. Thankfully, that deal didn’t go through at the eleventh hour.