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Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur in our second game of the International Champions Cup (ICC) in Shanghai. After making it three wins out of three by beating Perth Glory and Leeds United in Australia and Inter Milan in Singapore, we head to China to face a familiar side. Having scored seven goals in three games and conceded none, we should be going into this game with some confidence. Solskjaer has been playing a high pressing game and the players have mentioned how this pre-season has been more rigorous and exhausting than previous ones. This game will be a very good test of how the Premier League might turn out to be because of the quality of our opposition.

This will be Tottenham's second game of pre-season having beaten Juventus 3-2 in Singapore. They recovered from a 2-1 deficit with Kane scoring a brilliant goal from the halfway line in the 93rd minute. Obviously, Spurs will be the favourites going into this game because of the way they ended last season but I feel that if we put up the same intensity, we can really hurt them. That, however, will be a tough job because our defence has been untested so far. Perth Glory, Leeds United, and Inter were toothless going forward but Spurs will have the likes of Kane, Son, Alli, and Moura who can give us a hard time. Even their backline will be tougher to break down but that's what pre-season is all about.

Match Facts:

When - Thursday, 25th July 2019.
Where - Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai.
KO Time - 12:30 BST
Managers - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mauricio Pochettino 

Team News:

There are no new injury concerns yet. Victor Lindelof and Tahith Chong had to be subbed off during the Inter game but that looked like precaution more than an actual injury. Solskjaer's press conference, later on, will give us more clarity on that. Even if there is a slight doubt over their fitness, they should not be risked against a side like Spurs who will make is work for the ball. This game could also be a very good test and a reality check for players like Axel Tuanzebe and Mason Greenwood. The absence of Romelu Lukaku from the matchday squad still remains a mystery but if he is not in Solskjaer's plans, it makes no sense for him to play either way. This lineup will look more like the final team that the gaffer is likely to use in the league. However, a couple of signings seem to be on their way (or at least we hope so!) and that may affect the look of the team going into the season.

Predicted XI:

David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Predicted Scoreline: 2-1 to United


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