Manchester United kick off their pre-season with a fixture against A-League champions Perth Glory, as they look to have a fresh start following a disappointing 2018/19.
Although it is their first pre-season friendly, it might serve as an indication of how Manchester United will perform in 2019/20 as well as seeing whether
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 13 July|
|Where Time Is Kick Off?||12:00 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Optus Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||MUTV|
Fred and Matteo Darmian will miss out after being given an extended break for family reasons, although they are expected to join the tour at a later date.
Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, has been given a three-week break after the
|Manchester United||De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Pogba, McTominay, A. Pereira, Lingard; Rashford, Greenwood.|
|Perth Glory||Reddy; Franjic, Lowry, Tratt, Mrcela, Chianese; Kilkenny, Juande, Wilson, Harold; Fornaroli.|
Head to Head Record
Manchester United's last fixture in Australia was against the A-League All Stars back in 2013, with David Moyes' side beating the Australians 5-1.
Manchester United ended last season in dire form, with the Red Devils failing to win any of their last five games. This is the first game of pre-season however, and it's a clean slate for Manchester United and they'll want to get a good win as they try to rebuild their confidence ahead of the new season.
Perth Glory, on the other hand, are in good form, they've won three out of their last five competitive fixtures, winning the A-League last year but failing to beat Sydney FC in the Grand Final. The Glory have already kicked off their pre-season, beating Bayswater City 3-0.
Here's how each team has performed over their last five games.
|Manchester United||Perth Glory|
|Manchester United 0-2 Cardiff City (12/5)||Bayswater City 0-3 Perth Glory (9/7)|
|Huddersfield Town 1-1 Manchester United (5/5)||Perth Glory 0-0 Sydney FC (1-4 p) (19/5)|
|Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (26/4)||Perth Glory 3-3 Adelaide United (5-4 p) (10/5)|
|Everton 4-0 Manchester United (21/4)||Perth Glory 5-0 Wellington Phoenix (28/4)|
|Barcelona 3-0 Manchester United (16/4)||Sydney FC 1-0 Perth Glory (18/4)|
This being the first pre-season friendly of the season for Manchester United, don't expect the club to be at their best. The focus right now is gaining fitness, rebuilding confidence and allowing the new signings to assimilate to the team.
Perth Glory won't be pushovers either; they are without some key players but they should still give United a hard time. The player to watch will be new acquisition Bruno Fornaroli. If any Perth player is going to score on Saturday, it'll be him.
Prediction: Manchester United 1-0 Perth Glory