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Preview: Manchester United vs Melbourne Victory

Manchester United take on Melbourne Victory in their second pre-season match after beating Liverpool 4-0 on Tuesday.

Jadon Sancho, Fred, Anthony Martial and Facundo Pellistri were among the scorers as Unitede got the better of Liverpool in Bangkok. Both teams have since travelled to Australia to continue their preparations for the new season.

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When are where are Manchester United taking on Melbourne Victory?

The game takes place at the AAMI Park stadium in Melbourne, which is one of cricket’s most iconic venues, and it will also host United’s pre-season friendly against Aston Villa next week.

With a capacity of over 100,000, we’re expecting a full house Down Under.

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The last time United played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground they were 1999 following the treble triumph.

Those watching from the UK can expect kick-off at 11:05am on Friday.

Every pre-season game will be shown live on MUTV this summer.

Who is likely to feature?

In Thursday’s press conference, Ten Hag provided an update on Harry Maguire, who missed the win over Liverpool due to injury. The England international trained with the rest of the group in Melbourne ahead of the press briefing where the manager said the skipper is in contention to return for at least 45 minutes of action.

“He is tomorrow available,” Ten Hag told reporters. “We will see [how long for]. I think he can play half a game.”

Ten Hag gave minutes to 22 players in Bangkok, but we didn’t get to see the likes of James Garner, Ethan Laird, Hannibal or Alejandro Garnacho. They will all be chomping at the bit to impress the manager on tour.

“We are full capacity, we have a strong squad so the fans will be happy,” Ten Hag added.

What has Ten Hag said about facing Melbourne Victory?

In terms of our opponents, all the pre-match attention is on former United winger Nani, who has joined the A-League club in a summer transfer. The 35-year-old will be tasked with promoting the game in Australia as well as bringing some success to Melbourne Victory, though it remains to be seen if he will play against his former club on Friday.

Ten Hag has warned that the players will need to deal with Melbourne Victory’s approach to the game, which I doubt they’re worried about, due to the different nature of A-League opposition. Unlike the Premier League teams we will face this summer, the United players are not familiar with facing Melbourne Victory.

“We are happy with that game because it is a different opposition and it is always good to play against a different culture,” Ten Hag said.

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