Manchester United arrange behind-closed-doors friendly vs fifth-tier side

Manchester United have arranged an additional pre-season friendly match this week, despite already having two games in two different countries over the course of as many days.

According to the Manchester Evening News, United will take on National League side Wrexham in a midweek friendly match. That game has been arranged before the team plays Atletico Madrid in Oslo and Rayo Vallecano just over 24 hours later at Old Trafford.

Richard Fay reports: “It was initially believed to be a match against a United youth side, but MEN Sport understands Ten Hag wants to utilise some senior players in the match, with those in need of minutes ahead of the new season likely to be involved.”

This could be a good opportunity for Erik ten Hag to give minutes to new signings Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen, who are both set to link up with the squad for the first time. Several younger players are expected to feature.

Moreover, Ten Hag will want to prepare all his players to hit the ground running ahead of the Premier League season, which also starts next week.

You won’t be able to watch this match on MUTV because it is going to be played behind-closed-doors.

SN’s verdict

I felt we had enough games this week with Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano.

However, Ten Hag is going to have to try pick two different squads for those games.

Ten Hag may want to ensure that some of the first team players get at least two more games under their belt before the competition campaign kicks-off.

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