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Man United vs Atletico Madrid Live Football Soccer July 30, 2022

There remains uncertainty surrounding the futures of the likes of Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann, while the club have been linked with Ronaldo, but the team’s president Enrique Cerezo recently said that it was “practically impossible” for Atletico to sign him this summer. Man United are yet to release their squad list for this match, but it is understood that a largely first-team outfit will travel to Norway for this game, with a second-string side facing Rayo on Sunday. Martinez and Eriksen could make their official debuts for the Red Devils in this game, with the pair potentially being involved off the bench in the second period.

The 28,000 seater stadium should witness an interesting game, which kicks off at 12:45 BST. Full international kick-off times can be viewed here.With two games in two days and Diego Simeone’s men being the first test, it’s likely that we’ll see two completely different teams from Ten Hag. It has been widely reported that a stronger XI will be seen in Norway, while a weaker side will feature at Old Trafford. This could likely mean that we see a similar starting line-up to what we’ve got used to in pre-season, with a front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho spearheading the attack.

Although, the two new faces in Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez could also be involved after both getting minutes under their belt at Carrington on Wednesday. Ten Hag will have his eyes on next weekend’s clash with Brighton, so the XI that the Dutchman has in mind for that match might take to the field here, with Anthony Martial set to lead the line with support from Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, while Scott McTominay should return in midfield after a slight injury. Varane came through the clash with Wrexham unscathed and could also start, but Ronaldo is unlikely to be involved amid the ongoing speculation surrounding his future.

As for Atletico, Mario Hermoso is an injury doubt with the ankle problem that he picked up against Numancia, while the match is likely to come too soon for Joao Felix, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury. There will be changes from the side that started the team’s first friendly of the summer, with Griezmann, Marcos Llorente, Koke, Witsel and Renan Lodi potentially coming into the side. Witsel could play alongside Koke in the middle of midfield, with Yannick Carrasco in a wide position, while Molina is pushing to be involved, having officially joined the club on Thursday afternoon.

It was three wins and a draw for the Reds, before they returned to Carrington to play a behind-closed-doors friendly against National League side Wrexham. A run out was given to the youngsters and United won 4-1, with new signing Christian Eriksen on the scoresheet. This could be the biggest test of Ten Hag’s side so far ahead of their Premier League curtain opener.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Dalot, Maguire, Varane, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Wass, Gimenez, Savic, Lodi; Llorente, Koke, Witsel, Carrasco; Griezmann, Correa

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