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Melbourne Victory vs Manchester United: MPL Preview, Predictions & Fantasy Team

Melbourne Victory vs Manchester United: Manchester United will face Melbourne Victory in their second pre-season match at the Melbourne Victory Ground on Friday.

The Red Devils had a winning start under the stewardship of new manager Erik ten Hag as they defeated Liverpool 4-0 in Bangkok to kickoff their pre-season in a thunderous style.

Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial, Fred and Facundo Pellistri registered their names on the scoresheet as United made their intenyions knows with some very crisp passing and attacking football.

The English Premier League outfit have been locked in a transfer battle for Lisandro Martinez and Frenkie de Jong as the both the players are believed to be attracting strong interest from the new manager.

Tyrell Malacia appeared from the bench as United’s only summer signing had a few good minutes under his belt and he could make his full debut in Melbourne.

The likes of Zidane Iqbal and Charlie Savage impressed in the first match and they might get some more minutes as ten Hag has already reiterated he is eyeing to have a big squad at his disposal for the next season.

United’s main aim would be to come unscratched prior to the new season as the Red Devils will be eyeing some major trophies this time.

Melbourne Victory will have their hands full when they host the mighty Red Devils at their porch. The A-League side will likely to take a different approach from Liverpool as United are unlikely to get acre of spaces in the attacking third.

Melbourne Victory finished runners up in the last season and they will pose a tricky test to the 20 times English champions. The Australian side recently roped in former United winger Nani and the Portuguese might be available for Friday.

They also have Roderick Miranda in their ranks who has the experience of English football with Wolves. The cold climate might make it soothing for the visitors who had their task cut out in the hot and humid Bangkok weather.

Melbourne Victory vs Manchester United

Date: 15th August 2022

Time: 3:35 PM IST

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne Victory vs Manchester United

Team News

Melbourne Victory

Melbourne recently brought in Nani and the former Red Devils needs to prove his fitness and he might get a brief appearance against United. Other than that manager Tony Popovic has a fully fit squad available.

Manchester United

Captain Harry Maguire didn’t play in the last match and has been declared fit and will be seen marshalling his defence. David De Gea appeared to suffer a slight knock and number two Tom Heaton should get the nod in the goal.

Donny van de Beek should make a start while Malacia will be hoping to keep Luke Shaw out of the starting eleven.

Melbourne City Possible Lineup

Acton; Geria, Roderick, Timotheou, N Smith; Barnett, Brimmer, Broxham, Brillante; D’Agostino, Juric

Manchester United Possible Lineup

Heaton; Dalot, Bailly, Maguire, Malacia; Van de Beek, Fred, Fernandes; Rashford, Martial, Sancho


Given Manchester United’s strength, the Red Devils are expected to score a few goals against Melbourne Victory.

Melbourne Victory vs Manchester United Fantasy XI NO. 1

Heaton; Dalot, Bailly, Roderick; Van de beek, Bruno, Brimmer, Broxham; Sancho, Martial, Juric

Melbourne Victory vs Manchester United Fantasy XI NO. 2

Heaton; Dalot, Bailly, Roderick, Geria; Van de Beek, Bruno, Broxham; Sancho, Martial, Juric


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