Preview: Melbourne Victory vs. Manchester United

Preview: Melbourne Victory vs. Manchester United

Manchester United will continue their preparations for the 2022-23 campaign with a pre-season friendly against Australian outfit Melbourne Victory on Friday.

The Red Devils opened their summer tour with a 4-0 victory over bitter rivals Liverpool on Tuesday and will now take on a team that finished second in the A-League Men last term.

Melbourne Victory are three-time A-League Men champions, last lifting the trophy in 2015, while they finished second in their domestic table last term, just a point behind Melbourne City.

The Boys in Blue confirmed the signing of former Man United attacker Nani on Tuesday, and the Portuguese is bidding to be involved against the 20-time English champions in this match.

Tony Popovic’s side have been busy in terms of incomings this summer, with Tomi Juric, Paul Izzo and George Timotheou among those to arrive at the club ahead of the new campaign.

The 2022-23 A-League Men season does not actually start until October 7, while it will be paused in the middle of November due to the 2022 World Cup.

As well as Nani, Victory have another Portuguese in their ranks in the shape of Roderick Miranda, with the former Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-back the vice-captain of the Australian outfit, and the 31-year-old is expected to feature at the back in Friday’s pre-season clash with the Red Devils.

The Red Devils will then head back to Europe towards the end of the month for their final two friendlies of the summer against Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano on back-to-back days, before beginning their 2022-23 Premier League campaign at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on August 7.

Despite the ongoing speculation surrounding a number of players, Tyrell Malacia is the team’s only summer signing thus far, and the Netherlands international made his debut off the bench against Liverpool.

The 2021-22 campaign was so disappointing for Man United, with the team finishing sixth in the Premier League table, but the early reports surrounding Ten Hag have been overwhelmingly positive, and the English giants should be bouncing following their excellent display against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Melbourne Victory form (all competitions):
Manchester United Club Friendlies 1 form:
Manchester United form (all competitions):

We say: Melbourne Victory 1-3 Manchester United
Victory will certainly provide competitive opposition for Man United, which is exactly what Ten Hag will want at this stage of pre-season. There will be a huge difference in quality between the two sides, though, and we are expecting the Red Devils to make it back-to-back victories on Friday.

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