Manchester United face San Jose Earthquakes at Levi’s Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 10pm BST on Sunday, July 22.
Manchester United will continue our tour of the United States when we take on San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. The Red Devils drew 1-1 in the last game against Club America with Juan Mata canceling out a header by the opponents. A number of youngsters were out in force for the last game that provided Jose Mourinho with more questions rather than answers.
12 of the team’s first team players are still on holiday after their World Cup exertions. David De Gea might not need too much rest; he ought to be out to prove people wrong after an awful World Cup with Spain, while Fred barely featured for Brazil.
Matic should be back reasonably soon, given that Serbia didn’t escape the group stage, Victor Lindelöf will hope to build on a positive tournament for quarter-finalists Sweden while Marcos Rojo might like to build on his heroics for Argentina, even if they were ultimately in vain.
However, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku all finished their campaigns only seven days ago and need recuperation time.
With so many absentees, this is an excellent opportunity for fringe players to stake their claims for first team football: we look at the probable line-up for the game at the Levi’s Stadium.
Lee Grant fulfilled his dream of playing for United on Friday and is expected to retain his place following an impressive unofficial debut. The 36-year-old former Stoke man only signed for United this summer and is expected to be in goal against the MLS outfit.
The number of absentees might force Mourinho to stick with an unchanged back-four, too. Antonio Valencia is likely to start at right-back as captain while on the opposite flank, fit-again Luke Shaw will get another chance to prove his worth to the boss after a positive pre-season thus far.
At centre-back, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly could again start but both are fighting for their future and will need to perform better than they did against Club America.
Youngsters Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira played reasonably well in the last game and should retain their place. After a breakout season last term, McTominay will be looking to establish himself while Pereira, the more creative of the duo, is desperate to impress after returning from his loan spell. Sitting at the base of midfield should be Spanish midfielder, Ander Herrera.
The 29-year-old was below par last season but has looked fitter than ever this summer and will be tasked with the responsibility of shielding the back four as well as connecting the midfield with the attack.
Alexis Sanchez should feature from the left, taking over from Demetri Mitchell, who played there last time out. The Chilean is keen to hit the ground running after a difficult first 6 months at Old Trafford. On the right hand side, Juan Mata will hope to score for the second game running after his goal against Club America, while Anthony Martial would hope to lead the line once again.
UNITED XI: Grant, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw, Herrera, McTominay, Pereira, Mata, Mitchell, Martial