Manchester United are back in action on Saturday, following weeks overshadowed by off the pitch issues for the Red Devils. They finished last season on a sour note, while that’s hung in the air ahead of this new campaign. United have made clear statements with their transfer business so far, but they’ve got a long road ahead. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to get his first full season with United off to a strong start, but will his team be able to hit the ground running as they meet Perth Glory this weekend?
United are on a short tour of Australia before they play in the summer’s International Champions Cup. Before that, they’ve got two very different games ahead in Perth. First up is local side Perth Glory, the current champions of Australia. Then, United are meeting local rivals Leeds United at the other side of the world, following the Elland Road’s side failing to return to the top flight last term. However, how will United get on amid the Pogba and Lukaku drama?
Perth Glory will be hoping to take advantage of a United side who could have their eyes elsewhere. The hosts wrapped up their domestic title last season, winning the league by eight points overall. They won 67% of their games and lost only three times across the season, which shows just how strong they are compared to the rest of their division. However, could they step up and pull off a result against one of the world biggest clubs?
Perth Glory have lost just twice in their last eight friendly matches, while they will rarely get a better chance to hurt Man United than right now. The Red Devils have Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku searching for moves, a squad patched up and boosted by inexperience and a manager who is already under pressure. The club may be moving forward in terms of their transfer moves, but there’s a lot of uncertainty around the Old Trafford club.
Of course, that has crossed over from the Mourinho era. The former boss managed to win just one of United preseason clashes last term, while their three friendly games saw two draws and a defeat. United were in America last summer and they drew both legs of that tour, so we can easily see them struggling against a Perth side who have been handy in preseason clashes. We’re going with United to fail to win this one.
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