New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is expected to give a strong hint as to his potential starting lineup in his Premier League debut when his Red Devils face Spanish power Atletico Madrid in the final weekend of preseason friendlies before the season kickoff.
The match will be played on the neutral ground of the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, Norway, and it pits Man United against the team that eliminated them in last season’s Champions League round of 16. Wantaway star forward Cristiano Ronaldo is not part of the 21- man squad, announcing on social media that he will play with the Man United reserves who will take on another Spanish foe, Rayo Vallecano, on Sunday at Old Trafford.
Ten Hag will hope to continue his positive start at the helm, going unbeaten so far in four preseason matches, including wins over Liverpool, Crystal Palace, and Melbourne Victory. The lineup he fields against Atletico is expected to be the same that will navigate a tricky Premier League opener against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, Aug. 7.
Atletico Madrid are further behind in their preparations with their first competitive match not coming until Aug. 15 at Getafe. Diego Simeone’s men have only played one preseason friendly to date, a 4-0 win over third-tier side Numancia.
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Man United vs Atletico Madrid live updates, highlights from preseason
28th min.: The chances have dried up. But we have another yellow, this time for Fred who tugs on the shirt of Angel Correa in the United half. It’s a harsh booking.
26th min.: Fantastic defensive play by Victor Lindelof in his own penalty area after a set-piece found its way to Atletico’s Geoffrey Kondogbia in front of United’s goal. That play saved a goal.
23rd min.: Neither team has been able to get the upper hand in recent minutes. Thomas Lemar sees yellow for a foul on Anthony Elanga, who was on the break.
10th min.: After back-to-back corners for United, Martial does well to control a long ball over the top, but Reinildo recovers to take the ball off Martial’s feet in the box. The Frenchman looks engaged early on.
4th min.: And now it’s Anthony Martial with a chance! He should’ve done better with that. JM Gimenez misjudges a ball and Martial is free on goal, but he fires over the bar with a recovering defender on his back.
3rd min.: Shot on target for Man United. They finally break the Atletico press down the left and Marcus Rashford dances around Savic before firing at the near post, but goalkeeper Jan Oblak is there to stop it.
An end-to-end start in Oslo, with United nearly taking an early lead through @MarcusRashford 👏
Keep up the tempo, Reds! 🔋#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 30, 2022
1st min.: We’re on the way. Man United in red shirts and white shorts. Atletico Madrid are in their dark blue jerseys. Atlético are pressing high up the field early on. They know United want to play out of the back.
5 minutes from kickoff: Referees and teams emerge from the tunnel. We’re minutes away from getting underway.
— Rich Fay (@RichFay) July 30, 2022
45 mins from kickoff: Erik ten Hag confirms to MUTV that Jadon Sancho is out after falling ill overnight. Here’s what else he said about the upcoming match and how he plans to deploy Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez.
We want to get the players to get the minutes in their legs. And you want to see team performance. This is a good test because it’s a difficult opponent. They [Atletico Madrid] are tough to play. I’m looking forward to what’s coming out of this test.
A majority [of players] have to play 90 minutes because that is what you want when you go into the league. This is the purpose of these two games [including vs. Rayo Vallecano on Sunday].
We will see [on minutes for Eriksen and Martinez]. I will see how the game goes. As I said, we want to get as many players with 90 players in their legs. Martinez and Eriksen are not ready for 90 minutes. We have to build them. They have to build their fitness levels. They will definitely get game time today or tomorrow, or today and tomorrow.
75 mins from kickoff: The scene of today’s match. Weather report says it’s in the low 20s Celsius (low 70s Fahrenheit) in Oslo.
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) July 30, 2022
120 mins from kickoff: Plenty will be made of United’s performance on Saturday against Atletico Madrid, and with good reason:
🗞 Erik ten Hag will use the Atletico Madrid match as the principal final warm-up for his planned starting XI against Brighton in the Premier League. Anthony Martial is expected to start at centre-forward. [@TelegraphDucker]
— Utd District (@UtdDistrict) July 29, 2022
Manchester United vs. Atlético Madrid lineups
New £47 million ($57m) signing Lisandro Martinez will start on the bench three days after his transfer from Ajax was officially confirmed on July 27. Another former Ajax man, Christian Eriksen, is also on the bench after appearing in a behind-closed -doors friendly with Wrexham this week. Jadon Sancho does not feature in the matchday squad after falling ill overnight.
Manchester United starting lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-David de Gea (GK) — 20-Diogo Dalot, 5-Harry Maguire (capt.), 2-Victor Lindelof, 12-Tyrell Malacia — 17-Fred, 39-Scott McTominay — 36-Anthony Elanga, 8-Bruno Fernandes, 10-Marcus Rashford — 9-Anthony Martial
Manchester United subs (10): 22-Tom Heaton (GK), Matej Kovar (GK), Ethan Laird, 6-Lisandro Martinez, 27-Alex Telles, 37-James Garner, 34-Donny van de Beek, 14-Christian Eriksen, 28-Facundo Pellistri
Although coach Simeone will have to do without regulars like Mario Hermoso (knee), Felipe (ankle) and Renan Lodi (undisclosed injury), he will give a debut to his newest signing Nahuel Molina from Italian side Udinese. There’s a full complement of forward players available, but no Luis Suarez, who officially completed a move back to his native Uruguay earlier this week.
Atletico Madrid lineup (5-3-2, right to left): 13-Jan Oblak (GK) — 16-Nahuel Molina, 15-Stefan Savic, 2-Jose Maria Gimenez, 23-Reinildo, 21-Yannick Carrasco — 14-Marcos Llorente, 4-Geoffrey Kondogbia, 11-Thomas Lemar — 10- Angel Correa, 9-Matheus Cunha
Atletico Madrid subs (14): 1-Ivo Grbic, 33-Antonio Gomis, 28-Sergio Diez, 30-Marco Moreno, 24-Daniel Wass, 20-Axel Witsel, 17-Saul Niguez, 5-Rodrigo de Paul, 6-Koke, 26-Marcos Paulo, 29-Carlos Martin, 7-Joao Felix, 8-Antoine Griezmann, 19-Alvaro Morata
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Manchester United vs. Atletico Madrid TV channel, live stream
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The match will be televised and streamed exclusively by Manchester United’s official channel, MUTV.
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Man United in Premier League 2022/23: TV channels, live streams
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UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.
USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on the NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport.