The two biggest clubs in world football face off tonight in Houston in a treat for fans in the United States. It is the second pre-season friendly in as many days for Erik ten Hag’s squad, though Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Wrexham in San Diego was largely contested by the Under-21s.
Tonight is an entirely different matter as United and Madrid face off in front of more than 72,000 supporters in Texas, who will be treated to new £47million goalkeeper Andre Onana’s debut between the sticks. There is also good news for Amad Diallo, who was on crutches on the weekend but makes the squad tonight. Teenager Kobbie Mainoo gets the nod in midfield.
Raphael Varane and Casemiro will, of course, be facing their former club, while Jude Bellingham is set for just his second Real Madrid appearance since joining in a deal worth up to £115million. Follow the game LIVE below with our dedicated match blog, detailing every moment from the NRG Stadium.
40min: The tempo has slowed a tad with half-time approaching – Real Madrid were playing at break-neck speed after all – but United are still struggling to assert themselves.
36min: United’s best move of the game and Rashford should score.
Sancho, to Eriksen, to Rashford who can’t score from an acute angle.
33min: What a tackle from Camavinga. Rashford gets the ball on the halfway line, turns and is just about to ping the ball to Garnacho but the young midfielder nicks the ball with a fine sliding challenge.
29min: A bit of afters between Rudiger and Rashford after a coming together on the touchline. Didn’t look like much in it, but Rashford wasn’t amused.
25min: Eriksen, who replaced Mainoo in the opening stages, looks to feed Casemiro into the area, but the pass is weak.
An opportunity wasted.
22min: Real Madrid should score! Modric does brilliantly down the flank, as United defenders quickly backtrack, and finds Vinicius in acres inside the area, but the forward mistimes his attempt and falls over inside the area.
19min: Almost an equaliser for United! Mount is found in a tiny bit of space inside the area – impressively so – but can’t get enough on his snapshot to test Lunin.
18min: Madrid putting on all the pressure but United’s defence handling it well so far, despite going behind. Shaw looks comfortable.
13min: Almost a second for Madrid as Vinicius runs clear, looks up and puts the ball on a plate for Modric whose shot is blocked inside the area.
12min: Quite a few empty seats inside the stadium tonight. The tickets were on average $175, which will be contributing to that.
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