Manchester United kick off their 2019-20 pre-season tour against A-League side Perth Glory at the Optus Stadium on July 13, 2019. The Red Devils will play in Australia, Singapore and China before they head back to Europe to play in Norway and Wales ahead of their first Premier League match against Chelsea.
The 28-man squad that has travelled includes most of the United first team with the exception of Fred and Matteo Darmian, who will join the team later in the tour. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has added two new players to his squad – Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace and Daniel James from Swansea City, who are both a part of the pre-season squad.
Solskjaer is most likely set to continue with a 4-3-3 formation in the 2019-20 season. Let’s take a look at Manchester United’s predicted lineup against Perth Glory.
David de Gea is still with United despite rumours linking him with a move away from the club. He will most likely start the game against Perth in goal, and maybe even captain the side.
Eric Bailly, who suffered an injury last season against Chelsea, could return to the team and partner Victor Lindelof at the heart of Manchester United’s defence. Solskjaer could also give an opportunity to Axel Tuanzebe, who was in fine form for Aston Villa last season.
New signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka could start at right-back, while fellow Englishman Luke Shaw will start on the opposite flank at left-back.
Solskjaer could use the pre-season tour to give United’s youngsters a chance, which could include young midfielder James Garner, who could start alongside Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay – the latter who could have a big role to play in 2019-20 season.
Marcus Rashford is set to be United’s No. 1 striker at the club for 2019-20, while Romelu Lukaku will most likely leave Old Trafford. Martial and Lukaku did not train with the senior squad in one of the sessions in Australia which may indicate that they have not got to full fitness yet.
We could maybe see another debut with Daniel James playing off the left in United’s front three, while Juan Mata could play on the right side of attack to give space for Wan-Bissaka to overlap and attack into.