Manchester United will face Atletico Madrid in a pre-season match at Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo, Norway, Saturday (30/7/2022) night WIB. Meeting a troublesome opponent, can MU continue the okay pace?
The Red Devils are unbeaten in this pre-season. Erik ten Hag’s side are looking at the trial against Atletico, who have recently been linked with Cristiano Ronaldo, with confidence.
Manchester United in pre-season had beaten Liverpool 4-0, Melbourne Victory 4-1 and Crystal Palace 3-1, and drew 2-2 with Aston Villa.
Lastly, MU won 4-1 in a closed test against Wrexham. The new midfielder for the Red Devils, Christian Eriksen, contributed one goal in the match.
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid this season has not been strengthened by Luis Suarez. . They also recruited Axel Witsel from Borussia Dortmund.
Atletico Madrid have only played one game this pre-season, against Numancia. Diego Simeone’s team won 4-0 thanks to goals from Thomas Lemar, Angel Correa, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Matheus Cunha.
So, can Manchester United beat Atletico Madrid and maintain a good run in pre-season? Or just swallow the first defeat? Worth the wait.
Forecast lineup: Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford tries to snatch the ball from Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke during the Champions League round of 16 second leg match at Old Trafford, England, Wednesday (16/3/2022). Atletico Madrid beat Manchester United 1-0. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Coach : Erik ten Hag (Netherlands)
Coach : Diego Simeone (Argentina)
Manchester United midfielder Fred carries the ball from the pursuit of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodrigo De Paul during the Champions League last 16 second leg match at Old Trafford, England, Wednesday (16/3/2022). Atletico Madrid beat Manchester United 1-0. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Last season, Manchester United and Atletico met in the last 16 of the Champions League. MU, which was handled by Ralf Rangnick, lost 1-2 on aggregate. A 1-1 draw in Spain, they were knocked out after a 0-1 loss at Old Trafford.
Meeting again this time, although only in pre-season, MU players are certainly very motivated.
Manchester United’s engine is now much hotter than Atletico’s. MU has also shown an impressive performance. They deserve to be favourites.
Predicted final score: Manchester United 2-1 Atletico Madrid
Manchester United pre-season results and schedule:
12 July 2022 :
Manchester United 4 – 0 Liverpool
15 July 2022 :
Melbourne Victory 1 – 4 Manchester United
19 July 2022 :
Manchester United 3 – 1 Crystal Palace
23 July 2022 :
Manchester United 2 – 2 Aston Villa
30 July 2022 :
Manchester United vs Atlético Madrid
31 July 2022 :
Manchester United vs Rayo Vallecano
Source : Various sources
Adapted from : Bola.net (Gia Yuda Pradana/Published: 29/07/2022)