Manchester United will step up their pre-season preparations ahead of the 2018-19 campaign when they take on struggling MLS side the San Jose Earthquakes.
Jose Mourinho has made no secret of the fact that his early summer work with the Red Devils has been difficult, with several senior stars missing and Alexis Sanchez experiencing visa problems.
He did, however, see his side earn a battling 1-1 draw with Club America in their first friendly encounter and will want to see progress when facing the Earthquakes at Levi’s Stadium in California.
The outing will be United’s last before they open their International Champions Cup quest against AC Milan on Wednesday.
|Game||Manchester United vs San Jose Earthquakes|
|Date||Sunday, July 22|
|Time||10:00pm BST / 5:00pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US) the game will not be shown live on television, but can be streamed online via MUTV.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live and streamed on MUTV.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Romero, J. Pereira, Grant|
|Defenders||Valencia, Darmian, Dalot, Fosu-Mensah, Williams, Smalling, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Mitchell, Shaw|
|Midfielders||Garner, Herrera, A. Pereira, McTominay, Hamilton|
|Forwards||Chong, Gomes, Mata, Martial, Greenwood, Bohui, Sanchez|
Sanchez will be drafted straight into the United side after making a delayed arrival in America.
The Red Devils will, however, once again be without their World Cup stars, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, David de Gea, Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku all missing.
Potential Man Utd XI: J. Pereira, Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Bailly, Mitchell, McTominay, Herrera, A. Pereira, Sanchez, Mata, Martial.
|Position||San Jose Earthquakes players|
|Goalkeepers||Bersano, Marcinkowski, Tarbell|
|Defenders||Qwiberg, Affolter, Ockford, Jungwirth, Lima, Akanyirige, Quintana, Cummings, Kashia|
|Midfielders||Salinas, Hyka, Qazaishvili, Yueill, Wehan, Godoy, Thompson, Calvillo, Alashe, Fuentes, Partida|
|Forwards||Eriksson, Wondolowski, Hoesen, Amarikwa, Felipe|
Kevin Partida will play no part for the Earthquakes as he is ruled out with a knee problem.
Quincy Amarikwa, Anibal Godoy and Fatai Alashe are all doubtful as they manage various ailments.
Potential San Jose Earthquakes XI: Tarbell; Lima, Cummings, Ockford, Salinas; Thompson, Jungwirth, Yueill, Qazaishvili; Hoesen, Wondolowski
Betting & Match Odds
United are considered to be heavy favourites to win the game, with dabblebet offering odds of 1/2 on the Red Devils coming out on top. The Earthquakes are priced at 7/2 and a draw is available at 10/3.
Manchester United have not had the easiest of openings to their summer, with Mourinho having to shuffle his pack and offer senior minutes to a number of promising youngsters.
Pre-season outings should do the Red Devils’ academy stars a world of good, with Tahith Chong impressing on his first outing against Club America as he provided the assist for Juan Mata’s leveller in a 1-1 draw.
Mourinho is struggling to take positives at present, but he saw his side battle hard against testing Liga MX opposition and is preparing to welcome Sanchez back into the fold.
He told reporters of his plans for the Chilean forward: "It is not about when he can [play], but when he has to.
"We have no players and especially in attack we have no players, today [against Club America] was [Anthony] Martial and when Martial left the pitch was [Juan] Mata and when Mata went to the sides it was a kid that was a first time he trained with us in this preseason.
"No [Romelu] Lukaku, no [Marcus] Rashford, not here and probably not the start of the Premier League, so is about when Alexis lands and when he lands he has to play because he trained with us five days before we depart to LA and we left one fitness coach behind with him.
"Of course it is individual training but when he arrives he has to play. If he's coming he has to play."
Sanchez will hope to make an immediate impression if he is used from the start against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The MLS outfit are enduring a tough time at present, with an 11-game winless run leaving them bottom of the Western Conference.