After two years of scheduling conflicts brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, this summer promises to provide a thrilling set of pre-season fixtures.
Europe’s big boys are all packing their bags for games across the globe, with overseas fans able to see their heroes live for the first time in many months.
This is a thread for all Pre season fixtures across Europe. Join the discussion and share your views on the various matches.
Manchester United vs Liverpool - KO 2pm BST
First game of the pre-season tour!
Manchester United vs Liverpool Preview:
On Tuesday, Manchester United and Liverpool will play a preseason friendly at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Thailand to kick off their preparations for the 2022–23 season.
Red Devils are preparing for their Premier League debut against Brighton & Hove Albion on August 7, while Liverpool is preparing for its Community Shield match against Manchester City at the end of the month.
Erik ten Hag will manage Man United for the first time on Tuesday, with the 20-time English champions beginning their pre-season with a glamour friendly against bitter rivals Liverpool; the club have six games in the diary before the start of their Premier League season against Brighton, and it will be fascinating to see how the Red Devils perform in 2022-23 under the leadership of the highly-rated Dutchman.
Liverpool’s 2021-22 campaign ended in disappointment, with the team finishing second behind Manchester City in the Premier League table and losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid, they did manage to win an FA Cup and EFL Cup double last term.
The Reds will again look to battle Man City at the top of the Premier League in the coming season, and head coach Jurgen Klopp will again be demanding the highest of standards from his players.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Dalot, Maguire, Varane, Shaw; Van de Beek, Fernandes, Fred; Sancho, Martial, Rashford
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Keita; Jota, Firmino, Salah
It will be good to see Bruno Fernandes wear the Captain armband!
Testing times for both Bruno & Erik ten Hag!
Man Utd XI: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Mabaya, Phillips, Gomez, Chambers; Henderson, Morton; Elliott, Carvalho, Diaz; Firmino
Darwin Núñez is fit enough to make the Liverpool bench.
Marcus Rashford is looking in serious shape
Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool HT:
3-0 on Liverpool after 33 minutes on your first pre-season game😊
Full time result of Manchester United first pre-season game.
Erik Ten Hag era has began
Manchester United scored as many goals against Liverpool this afternoon as their previous six encounters with them combined (4)
Encouraging start for Erik ten Hag