The Manchester United vs Sevilla match will be held this Friday, August 9, 2013 (11:30 AM Pacific) at Old Trafford, and will serve as the Rio Ferdinand testimonial match. The game against Sevilla will be a way to honor Rio Ferdinand, who has served for eleven years through 432 matches with Manchester United. It will also give coach Moyes another chance at testing out his key players prior to the quickly approaching start of the season.
Manchester United is coming off a 1-1 draw in a friendly match against Swedish rival AIK in Stockholm. So far, the Manchester United preseason has been a difficult one for Coach Moyes. Manchester United has only won twice, has tied twice, and lost twice. The main headache has, of course, been the issues with Wayne Rooney.
Rooney has refused to train with the main team, and has exiled himself to the reserve squad. Rooney has been linked with a departure from Old Trafford (possibly Chelsea), but as of yet, it appears he will be remaining. A tough start indeed for coach Moyes.
For their part, Sevilla are coming off a 6-1 (aggregate 9-1) Europa League victory over Mladost from Montenegro. This third qualifying round win has allowed Sevilla to progress to the playoff stage of the Europa League. Given that this match was played against the Montenegro side on August 8th, it is very likely that Sevilla will use a mostly alternate squad against Manchester United.
Manchester United vs Sevilla Prediction
Manchester United is playing to honor one of their best players in recent memory, and will attempt to do everything they can to come out with a victory. Given that Manchester United will be using most of its key players, and Sevilla will not, I predict a victory for Manchester United. The Manchester United vs Sevilla match will end in a 2-0 win for the English side.
Manchester United vs Sevilla TV Schedule
The Manchester United vs Sevilla match will be televised this Friday, August 9, 2013 on MUTV and ESPN Deportes at 11:30 AM Pacific.