The Manchester United vs Yokohama F. Marinos friendly match will be this Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (3:20 AM Pacific) at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. The Red Devils took their preseason to Australia last week, and on Wednesday they will make their visit to Japan as part of their Asia Tour. In their first preseason match, and the first under new manager David Moyes, Manchester United defeated Australia’s A-League All-Stars 5-1 last Saturday.
Tuesday’s match will serve as another good opportunity for Moyes to begiin defining the starting lineups he will use for the upcoming season. The squad is not entirely complete as the tour is missing players like Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, and possible incoming transfers. Nonetheless, the game against Yokohama will be used as a good parameter to comprehend the tactics and formations that Moyes likes to style.
Another aspect of this friendly that will cause great reactions, is the stadium attendance. Last Saturday when Manchester United faced the A-League All-Stars, over 80,000 fans showed up at the ANZ Stadium. The Nissan Stadium stadium holds over 70,000 fans, therefore a sell-out is also expected. Lastly, the game in Yokohama will be a great opportunity for the fans to see who is possibly regarded as Japan’s favorite player; Shinji Kagawa. This will be the first time the attacking-midfielder plays with Manchester United in front of Japanese fans, therefore Kagawa will be Wednesday’s ‘player-to-watch’.
Manchester United vs Yokohama F. Marinos Prediction
The Manchester United vs Yokohama F. Marinos match could be a good match, or it could be a blow-out. If the Red Devils use a line-up with mostly starters, Moyes’ team will win by a large margin. However, if they use mostly prospects and reserves, the score will be decided by a smaller margin. Last Saturday Moyes used moslty starters, therefore expect Manchester United to start the game with a mixed line-up. The Manchester United vs Yokohama F. Marinos match will end in a 3-1 win for the Red Devils.
Manchester United vs Yokohama F. Marinos TV Schedule
The Manchester United vs Yokohama F. Marinos Asia Tour friendly will be televised this Tuesday, July 23, 2013 on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes at 3:20 AM Pacific.