Man United receive triple injury blow ahead of Real Madrid game

By Dave Marshall
Manchester United have suffered a triple injury blow, ahead of Wednesday’s International Champions Cup game against Real Madrid.

Even before this news, Jose Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure as most of our key players are not back for pre-season while the club has refused to add more signings to the team.

Our problems haven’t been helped by a 4-1 defeat to bitter rivals, Liverpool on Saturday night in Ann Harbor in a game in which Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling didn’t feature.

The latter pair had played in the previous games and were expected to feature against the Scousers while Matic was supposed to have a part after just arriving from holiday following his World Cup exertions.

Mourinho however has given updates on why the trio couldn’t play the game which, although only a pre-season match, some might say highlighted the disparity in the strength in depth of our team and that of Liverpool.

Matic has undergone surgery for an abdominal pain and will be out for the start of the Premier League season while Mourinho was a tad irritated by absence of Shaw and Smalling, claiming he doesn’t know when they will be back.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Mourinho said, “Smalling? I’ve no idea,” “Shaw? I’ve no idea. Matic had a surgery. Yes, of course [he is out for the start of the season].

“I don’t know,” Mourinho replied when asked when Matic would return. “He came from the World Cup with an injury and the time he had to rest in the holiday was not enough to resolve the problem” he added.

It has to be said, we have not been convincing this pre-season so far, playing out draws against Club America, San Jose Earthquakes and AC Milan prior to the humiliation by Liverpool. Let’s hope we click into gear quickly against Leicester.

Sanchez starts – How Man Utd Should Line-Up vs Liverpool

By Mark Weasley
We resume hostilities with Liverpool on Saturday at the Michigan Stadium; the International Champions Cup might not be the most glamourous competition in the world, but it’s always good to get one over our neighbours.
United defeated AC Milan last time out on penalties while our opponents, to be fair to them, deserved their 2-1 victory over Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho has begun his traditional mind games prior to the game, stating that Jurgen Klopp is under pressure to deliver the title, given the vast amounts of money the Scousers have shelled out in recent months.
We take a look at the 11 players that Mourinho could push out for the game.
Goalkeeper
Joel Pereira will be looking to feature in goal following his exploits in the penalty shootout victory over AC Milan. He saved a penalty and also scored his spot kick. The Portuguese is highly regarded by Jose Mourinho and may get another opportunity to show his quality.
Defence
Let’s not kid ourselves, Liverpool have a strong attack, so our defence will need to be at it’s best here. At left-back, Luke Shaw is expected to retain his position while on the other side, Matteo Darmian must continue to show signs that he wants to stay at Old Trafford, with uncertainty over his future.
Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly should start, given that Phil Jones and Victor Lindelöf are still on holiday following their World Cup exploits. Smalling and Bailly didn’t cover themselves in glory in the previous and must improve against the rampant Reds attack.
Midfield
Brazilian midfielder, Andreas Pereira impressed at the base of midfield and should continue there. Joining him in the middle could be Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay, both of whom have the chance to stake a claim for first team football next season. Herrera didn’t disgrace himself against Milan, but still at times struggled to keep up with the intensity of the game. McTominay broke onto the scene last term through his selflessness and work rate, but must add something else to his game, especially in possession, to make it as a United player.
Attack
Tahith Chong, the young Dutch forward should get his chance to impress from the left after Anthony Martial left the club’s tour for a personal reason. On the right, Juan Mata will be looking to continue his rich vein of form while upfront, a reborn Alexis Sanchez will be looking to torment the Reds defence with his trickery and finishing.
Manchester United predicted lineup against Liverpool
Probable lineup: Joel Pereira, Shaw, Smalling, Bailly, Darmian; Pereira, Herrera, McTominay; Chong, Mata, Sanchez.