This Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Manchester United will take on Inter Milan for the Guinness Cup 2014 tournament, which is currently taking place in the United States. The match will be played at the FedExField Arena in Washington and will be the second clash for both teams on this competition.
Manchester United seem to be decided to close last season’s nightmarish chapter for good. The arrival of the experienced Dutch head coach Louis Van Gaal appears to be the turning point the Red Devils needed to get back on track. A new tactical approach and a fairly more intensive game style, as well as a refreshing winning mentality, are Van Gaal’s foundations to restore the powerful United of the last two decades.
The Red Devils started their US Tour in great style by completely hammering LA Galaxy 7-0 on a match during which the newcomer Ander Herrera put up a splendid performance. Van Gaal seems to be slowly implementing a new tactical style into the team, thus eliminating, for good, any traces of the previous David Moyes’ unconventional 4-2-3-1 approach. The Dutch manager will certainly keep pushing the same 3-5-2 (or 5-3-2 if you prefer) style on the match against Inter Milan, after that scheme has proven to be a wise choice on the team’s previous two clashes.
United defeated AS Roma 3-2 on their first match of the tournament with the English side going to the break with a comfortable three goal lead. During the second half, nevertheless, they allowed AS Roma to score twice, something that clearly upset Louis Van Gaal, who expressed his frustration with his side’s second half performance at the end of the match.
As for Inter Milan, the match against Manchester United will constitute another important test for Walter Mazzarri’s boys after they defeated Real Madrid on the spot-kicks in their previous clash. Inter put up a fairly pleasant performance against the current European champions last Saturday, with Vidic successfully commanding the team’s defence line, which came across as somewhat sloppy on several occasions last season.
For the match against the Red Devils, Mazzarri will certainly promote some changes in his team, probably by bringing in the newcomer Yann M’Vila, who arrived this Summer on loan from Rubin Kazan, and by including the Algerian creative midfielder Saphir Taider in the starting line-up, replacing Kuzmanovic and Botta.
Manchester United vs Inter Milan Prediction
At this time of the season, it is still hard to name a favourite team to win the match, although, if Manchester United are able to replicate the excellent display they put up against LA Galaxy, they might claim the match for their own. This being said, the most likely outcome is 2-0 for United.
Manchester United (5-3-2) – De Gea – Jones – Smalling – Evans – Valencia – Shaw – Fletcher – Herrera – Mata – Rooney – Welbeck
Inter Milan (4-4-2) – Handanovic – Juan Jesus – Vidic – Nagatomo – Ranocchia – Taider – M’Vila – Dodo – Jonathan – Icardi – Obi
Manchester United vs Inter Milan TV Schedule
The Manchester United vs Inter Milan match will be televised on NBCSN at 4:00 PM Pacific.