Early team news: United v Lyon

Lyon are managed by former Reds defender Laurent Blanc, who will be hoping to see his side build on a 2-1 win over Dutch side De Treffers in their opening pre-season outing on Friday.

Our next opponents have added young midfielder Skelly Alvero to their ranks in the offseason from fellow French outfit Sochaux, while defender Clinton Mata has come in from Club Brugge. The latter played against United in both legs of our 2019/20 Europa League round-of-32 meeting with the Belgian club.

As far as outgoings are concerned, head coach Blanc no longer has the services of several players who have departed since the end of last season, including former Bayern Munich and Manchester City centre-back Jerome Boateng, now-Roma midfielder Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembele, who was top scorer in three of their last five campaigns.

Former Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette finished at the summit of the club’s goal-getting charts in 2022/23, and led the line in Lyon’s first match of the summer last week.

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