Manchester United vs Inter Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Manchester United will begin their International Champions Cup campaign against Inter on Saturday at the Singapore National Stadium, following victories in their first two pre-season fixtures – and it’s set to be an exciting matchup. 

The clash will be the first time the two sides have met since United beat Walter Mazzarri’s Inter on penalties in the International Champions Cup in 2014. United come into the game having used 23 players in both of their first two pre-season matches, whereas Inter have only played the one fixture so far.  

Despite it being a pre-season fixture, there is much anticipation as sub-plots have begun to form. The saga surrounding Romelu Lukaku’s reported desire to leave Manchester United for Inter only adds to the excitement. 

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Check out 90min’s preview of the upcoming International Champions Cup fixture below. 


Where to Watch

​When Is Kick Off? ​Saturday 20 July
​What Time Is Kick Off? ​12:30 (BST)
Where Is it Played?​ ​Singapore National Stadium                   
​TV Channel/Live Stream?      ​MUTV
​Referee?  ​TBC

Team News

The Red Devils are expected to welcome back ​David de Gea, after he missed the Leeds triumph through illness. Luke Shaw picked up a knock in the Reds’ victory over Perth Glory, but returned to training and is expected to be available for the upcoming match. ​Lukaku is believed to have a knock and was left out completely against Leeds once again, however ​rumours continue to persist regarding a transfer to Inter. 

Nemanja Matic lasted just 33 minutes against Leeds before being taken off, suggesting his fitness is not quite up to scratch as of yet. Solskjaer has used 23 players in both of his first two pre-season matches, so the competition is high in the squad. 

Inter, meanwhile, have named a 27-man squad for their trip to Asia, including new signing Nicolo Barella.


The Italian was granted a work permit and may play a role. Elsewhere, Radja Nainggolan has been offered another chance, after being excluded from tactical drills in Lugano along with Mauro Icardi. Icardi has not made the squad however, as his future remains up in the air. 

Inter are without Lautaro Martinez as well, meaning their attacking options are limited. Samuele Longo may not feature as his future is being discussed, but Matteo Politano has overcome a thigh strain and is expected to play some part in their upcoming fixtures. Diego Godin, Matias Vecino and George Puscas will join up with the squad soon, but aren’t available here.


Predicted Lineups

​Manchester United De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; Martial, Lingard, Greenwood; Rashford.
​Inter  ​Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Skriniar; Perisic, Sensi, Valero, Barella, Candreva; Esposito, Colidio.

Head to Head Record

The two clubs have only competitively faced each other four times, and United boast the better record. These four meetings were both two-legged Champions League ties. 

The first meeting was in the 1998/99 season, where United beat I Nerazzurri on their way to claiming the treble. The second re-match came in 2009 as the Red Devils once again swept aside the Italian side over two legs. 

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The most recent fixture between the two sides came in the International Champions Cup back in 2014. The two sides were level at the end of the 90 minutes, before ​United took it on penalties. 


Recent Form

New manager Antonio Conte will be hoping to close the gap on ​Juventus and make a push for the Serie A title next season. The club finished fourth last time out, marginally pipping Milan to the final Champions League qualification space. 

I Nerazzurri won their first match of pre-season in Switzerland – a 2-1 victory of Lugano on 14 July in the Casinò Lugano Cup. 

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On the other hand, United will be hoping to crack the top four next season. The Red Devils kicked off their pre-season with a 2-0 victory against Perth Glory, before ​easing past bitter rivals Leeds in Australia. 

They will now travel to Singapore as Solskjaer’s men look to gain some invaluable minutes and momentum heading into the new season.

Here’s a look at how both clubs have fared in their previous five matches. 

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​Manchester United 4-0 Leeds United (17/7) ​Lugano 1-2 Inter (14/7) 
​Perth Glory 0-2 Manchester United (13/7)  ​Inter 2-1 Empoli (26/5)
​Manchester United 0-2 Cardiff City (12/5)           ​Napoli 4-1 Inter (19/5)
​Huddersfield 1-1 Manchester United (5/5)      ​Inter 2-0 Chievo (13/5)
​Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (28/4) ​Udinese 0-0 Inter (4/5)                 


Prediction

United come into the game with great confidence, having swept aside Leeds in fine fashion. Equally, Inter will take heart from their first pre-season match in Switzerland, and will be hoping to push on and improve on that performance.  

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It is expected to be a tight match, but United have one more game under their belt and appear to be showing good early form. Additionally, the exclusion of Icardi and the unavailability of Martinez leaves Conte with few attacking options. For these reasons, the Red Devils will be expected to take this one. 

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Inter

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Africa Cup of Nations: 6 Standout Stars Who Deserve a Move to the Premier League

​After Sunday’s stunning conclusion of the 2019 African Cup of Nations semi-finals, it only leaves us with two matches to play before the end of a wonderfully entertaining tournament. 

While Premier League stars Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez meet in the final between Senegal and Algeria, we take a look at some of the other standout stars from the tournament who don’t currently ply their trade in England’s top tier. 

With some faces more recognisable than others, here are six standout stars from 2019’s AFCON, deserving of a move to join Mahrez and co. in the Premier League.


Ismaël Bennacer


Bennacer has remained one of Algeria’s most impressive players throughout the tournament. Pulling the strings in the centre of midfield, he has helped knit the team’s play together while offering drive from deeper areas. Arsenal fans may recognise the name after he was on the club’s books from 2015 to 2017. 

Currently at newly-relegated Empoli, he has impressed for the Tuscan club, with a move to AC Milan looking all the more likely. It’s a shame really, the 21-year-old would make an apt replacement for the departed Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal.


Samuel Chukwueze

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Chukwueze has not shown the consistency that Bennacer has, but due to his prodigal, explosive talent, the young man would represent a good buy for many Premier League clubs. At 20 years old, he stands with the world at his feet. 

He has already made over 25 appearances for Villarreal so far in his career, and at the AFCON he has made five appearances with three starts and two off the bench. His man of the match display against South Africa in the quarter finals is where he particularly caught the eye, scoring the opening goal in Nigeria’s dramatic win, receiving a lot of attention from watchers outside Africa. 

It is unlikely that the club would need him after last years purchases of Richarlison and Bernard, but a club like Everton would be a good fit for the exciting winger.


Youcef Belaïli 

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While Mahrez has been terrorising defences down the right hand side of Algeria’s attack, lesser-known Belaïli has been just as crucial to Algeria’s success in the tournament on the left. Linking up play superbly with target-man Baghdad Bounedjah, joining midfield and attack, Belaïli has grabbed two goals already so far. 

His direct running and intricate passing looks of a higher level than the Tunisian League Profesionnelle 1 he plays in, and much more at home with some of the Premier League stars he’s recently been sharing a pitch with. 

Plucking him from current club Espérance should not be as hard as grabbing talent in Europe, playing like an inside-forward somewhere like Brighton could be a great fit. 


Kalidou Koulibaly

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​Without attempting to sound like Captain Obvious here, Kalidou Koulibaly is deserving of a move to the Premier League. The man-mountain has gone through transfer windows linked with every top club under the sun, and not without merit. 

Continuing his impressive form over the last two years, Koulibaly has been as solid as ever in this years AFCON. Helping to make crucial tackles and repelling everything in the air, Koulibaly has arguably been the tournament’s top defender. 

If it weren’t for a certain transfer ban, Koulibaly would be a great fit at Chelsea. But a club who can break the bank to get him, and where the player would be in keeping with the manager’s style of play, Manchester City would be no bad move for the Senegalese. Unlikely to happen this window but if Stones fails to make the grade over the next season, maybe in a year’s time?


Mahmoud Hassan

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​​Mahmoud Hassan may well be known to you as Trézéguet. Despite an early shock exit to South Africa in the round of 16, Trezeguet has been one of the standout players of the competition. 

After kicking things off with the tournament’s first goal in stunning fashion, he continued to be a constant threat for Egypt down the left hand side. Rather unsurprisingly, after the group stage Trezeguet was the tournament’s top dribbler, with his pace and close control his most eye-catching assets. 

Reports are consistently linking him with ever-busy Aston Villa, though a move to a club like Southampton where his trickery is much needed would be just as wise.


Youcef Atal

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​In truth, there are many more Algerian players that could have been picked for this list, but Youcef Atal gets the nod for his energetic and skilful displays at right back. Currently at Nice, Atal has filled into Ricardo Pereira’s shoes at club level extremely well. Able to operate at right midfield and right back, just like Pereira, his attacking threat has been a huge outlet for Algeria throughout the competition. 

There has been whispers previously of a move to Tottenham for Atal. Given how Pochettino likes his full backs, Atal fits the mould perfectly with a great engine, good pace and threat further forward. Unfortunately for Algeria, Atal’s tournament is over after injury ruled him out on Saturday.


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Manchester United vs Leeds Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

​Manchester United and Leeds have seemingly been rivals since the dawn of time, and Wednesday will see the two clubs renew acquaintances as they both prepare for the upcoming 2019/20 season.

There hasn’t been a fixture between the two sides for a while, mainly due to Leeds being stuck in the Championship, with United enjoying varying levels of success since the Peacocks’ relegation from the top flight in 2004.

A pre-season friendly is the latest instalment of this fixture, the game taking place at Perth’s Optus Stadium at noon on Wednesday.

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Here’s 90min’s preview for this pre-season derby.


Where to Watch

​When Is Kick Off?                                           Wednesday 17 July                                          ​
​What Time Is Kick Off? ​12:00 (BST)
​Where Is It played? ​Optus Stadium, Perth
​TV Channel/Live Stream? ​MUTV or LUTV
​Referee? TBC​

Team News

Luke Shaw trained on Monday morning, which is positive news for the Red Devils after he limped off during the 2-0 win over Perth. Other than that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have a fully fit squad available to him.

Solskjaer used 23 players during the game against Perth, so expect him to make plenty of changes during this match.

​Marcelo Bielsa has named 16 players for the trip to Australia, with half his squad making the journey and the rest staying in England to work on their fitness.

Among those in the squad are former Real Madrid goalkeeper Kika Casilla, forwards Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe and ex-Swansea star Pablo Hernandez.


Predicted Lineups

Manchester United De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Bailly, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; James, Mata, Greenwood; Martial.
Leeds United Casilla; Dallas, Berardi, Cooper, Douglas; Phillips, Forshaw; Bogusz, Hernandez, Harrison; Roofe.

Head to Head Record​

The head to head stakes are more even than you’d expect, but United still have a comfortable advantage. They’ve have won 47 of the 109 clashes, with Leeds triumphing in 27 games and 35 ending in draws.

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The last time the two sides faced off came in a 2011 League Cup third round game at Elland Road, when Michael Owen scored twice with Ryan Giggs also getting himself a strike.


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Leeds are recovering from their Championship play-off semi final defeat against Derby at the tail end of last season and are looking to go one step further and earn promotion to the Premier League this time round.

They’ve played two pre-season games so far – beating York City 5-0 on 10 July before triumphing over Guiseley 2-1 a day later.

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United, on the other hand, will be looking to break into the top four once the season gets up and running. Their clash with Perth Glory in their pre-season opener saw them record a 2-0 win, Marcus Rashford and James Garner both scoring.

Here’s how each side has fared in their last five games.

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​Perth Glory 0-2 Manchester United (13/7) ​Guiseley 1-2 Leeds United (11/7)
​Manchester United 0-2 Cardiff (12/5) ​York City 0-5 Leeds United (10/7)
​Huddersfield 1-1 Manchester United (5/5) ​Leeds United 2-4 Derby County (15/5)
​Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (28/4) ​Derby County 0-1 Leeds United (11/5)
​Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City (24/4) ​Ipswich Town 3-2 Leeds United (5/5)

Prediction

Overall, United would be expected to win this one but pre-season can throw up some unusual results from time to time: just look at Accrington Stanley’s 2-0 win over Marseille earlier in July.

Either way, this is a good test for both sides ahead of the new campaign, as both look to challenge at the top of their respective leagues.

As friendlies go this could well be one of the least affectionate in the fixture’s history. There should be a large crowd and both sets of players will be bang up for it.

Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Leeds United

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Premier League Introduce Game-Changing ‘Head-to-Head’ Rule for 2019/20 Season

​As if we didn’t have enough change on the cards in the Premier League next season, with VAR and changes to the handball rule to get our heads around, the FA have thrown us another curve-ball, with the introduction of head-to-head records to separate teams in the division. 

Previously, when teams had finished level on points, goal difference had been used to decide who takes the higher position, with goals scored taking precedence if the former was level.

If sides could still not be separated by points, goal-difference or goals scored, however, under the previous rules, a playoff would be contested in order to decide league placing. 


Fortunately, that hasn’t yet been required, but after the title race last season came too close for comfort – with a playoff between ​Manchester City and ​Liverpool seeming like a genuine possibility prior to the last game of the season – the Premier League have ​moved to add a further layer to proceedings.

Should two sides finish level on points, goal difference and goals scored, the head-to-head record between the two sides will now come into consideration before a playoff is required. 

If the head-to-head record is level, then the higher position will be awarded to whichever side scored the most goals away from home. 

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It effectively means that the playoff rule, which was already extremely unlikely to ever come into effect, is now entirely redundant, with the chances of two sides finishing with identical records on all fronts looking next to impossible. 

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Transfer Rumours: Arsenal Respond to Tottenham Hijacking, Otamendi Eyes Valencia Return & More

Whilst most clubs have now begun their pre-season campaigns, it still doesn’t quite do enough to fill the footballing void. But fear not, as we have rumours galore to get you through the tought times ahead.

There’s plenty to whet your appetite as the two north London clubs continue their transfer window rivalry, while Newcastle are set to make their first signing of the summer.

Check out all of today’s gossip below.


Otamendi Wants to Return to Valencia

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​​Manchester City’s defensive warrior Nicolas Otamendi is keen for a return to his former club Valencia and is happy to reject potential moves elsewhere in order to facilitate the move.

As reported by ​​Super Deporte, the Argentine favours a return to Valencia – the club he left in 2015, and a family member of the defender has told the Spanish publication that he “wants his children to grow up” in the Spanish city.

The deal itself will be a difficult one for the ​La Liga side to pull off, but such is Otamendi’s desire to make it happen, they remain hopeful of luring him back.


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​Fedor Chalov has attracted interest from a host of ​Premier League and other European clubs following the 21-year-old’s fantastic season in the Russian Premier League in 2018/19.

​The Mirror report that ​Arsenal, ​Manchester United, ​Liverpool and ​Tottenham will compete with a host of major European clubs for the attacker’s signature this summer, after he scored 15 goals in 30 games last season.

Chalov was the league’s top scorer last year and is already being touted as the future of Russian football. In a stellar Europeancampaign, the forward grabbed widespread attention with goals against Arsenal and ​Real Madrid.


Daniel Sturridge Offered Serie A Opportunity

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​Daniel Sturridge struggled for regular first-team football at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp and the Reds’ refusal to offer him a new contract did not come as a huge surprise.

With his career currently in limbo, the ​Daily Express have reported that Sturridge has been offered a lifeline by ​Serie A side Bologna, who are looking to recruit the former ​Chelsea man on a free.

However, one sticking point with this deal would be the Englishman’s wage demands, as he was believed to be earning around £120,000-a-week with the Merseysiders. Given the injury problems suffered by the striker in recent seasons, he may struggle to get a similar deal anywhere else.


Burnley Prepare Moves for Genk Duo

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Not the busiest club so far in this summer transfer window, but ​Burnley looks set to make a double-swoop for Genk right-back Joakim Maehle and midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi.

As reported by ​The Sun, manager Sean Dyche is being pushed to sign Maehle by his scouts, who have returned from Belgium with glowing reviews of the young Dane.

His Ukranian teammate is also the subject of interest from the Clarets, with rumours suggesting they are lining up a £19m move for the pair. 


Newcastle Close in on Former Chelsea Youngster

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​While the ​Magpies’ search for a manager continues, they are wasting no time in recruiting players, as they look set to complete a deal for out-of-contract Chelsea youngster Kyle Scott.

The English-born midfielder has represented the USA at international youth level, but failed to make the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge after just one first-team appearance.

However, Scott remains highly rated within the game and ​Football Insider report that he will sign a three-year deal with Newcastle within the next 48 hours.


West Ham Line Up Bid for Brentford’s Neal Maupay

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​​West Ham are targeting a move for Brentford striker Neal Maupay, as their search for a striker to replace Marko Arnautovic continues.

Following failed attempts to bring Maxi Gomez, Salomon Rondon and Callum Wilson to the London Stadium, ​Football Insider report that the Hammers are now targeting Maupay, who scored 28 goals in all competitions last season.

The east London side have been told they will need to bid in excess of £15m, as they look to fight off competition from ​Aston Villa, ​Sheffield United and ​Brighton.


Palace and Brighton Show Interest in Leeds’ Roofe

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 They have built up a rivalry on the pitch and now ​Crystal Palace and ​Brighton look set to compete off the pitch, as they both show an interest in Leeds United man Kemar Roofe.

The striker has just one year left on his deal at Elland Road, and ​Sky Sports report that the two Premier League sides head a queue of clubs interested in the ​Leeds man, who bagged 15 goals last season.

The 26-year-old has also been in talks to extend his deal at the Yorkshire club, but with the prospect of a move to the top-flight, Leeds may struggle to convince Roofe to stay.


Arsenal Looking to Hijack Spurs’ Pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo

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​Following reports that Arsenal were set to complete a move for Saint-Etienne’s William Saliba, north London rivals Tottenham came in with a bid at the last minute and now look set to hijack the deal.

In response, Unai Emery is looking to give Spurs a taste of their own medicine, as the Gunners prepare to compete with their rivals for the signing of Nicolo Zaniolo, who has also been linked with a move to ​Juventus.

The ​Daily Express report that Arsenal are prepared to match any offer on the table for the Roma midfielder, as they look to boost their options in the centre of the park following the loss of Aaron Ramsey to Juve.

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