The two biggest clubs in world football face off tonight in Houston in a treat for fans in the United States. It is the second pre-season friendly in as many days for Erik ten Hag’s squad, though Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Wrexham in San Diego was largely contested by the Under-21s.
Tonight is an entirely different matter as United and Madrid face off in front of more than 72,000 supporters in Texas, who should be treated to new £47million goalkeeper Andre Onana’s debut between the sticks. There will also be eyes on Anthony Martial, who has returned to training after his latest injury and is in line for his first pre-season minutes.
Raphael Varane and Casemiro will, of course, be facing their former club, while Jude Bellingham is set for just his second Real Madrid appearance since joining in a deal worth up to £115million. Follow the game LIVE below with our dedicated match blog, detailing every moment from the NRG Stadium.
Manchester United’s squad is as follows for this evening.
Goalkeepers: Andre Onana, Tom Heaton & Dean Henderson.
Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw & Brandon Williams.
Midfielders: Casemiro, Scott McTominay, Mason Mount, Christian Eriksen, Kobbie Mainoo, Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek.
Attackers: Antony, Facundo Pellistri, Jadon Sancho, Omari Forson, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho.
Amad Diallo is expected to miss out through injury.
Head to head
United have not beaten Real in a competitive fixture since 2003.
Real Madrid wins: 5
Man United wins: 2
Both teams scored impressive victories to kick off their US tours but United can take advantage of some suspect defending to rack up a confidence-boosting win in Texas.
Man United to win, 2-1.
Real Madrid team news
Jude Bellingham is expected to get his second Real Madrid appearance tonight.
He made his debut, of sorts, a few days ago and should be joined in midfielder by veteran Luka Modric.
Vinicius Junior should lead the line in another star-studded show Stateside.
Man United team news
Manchester United will tonight hand new goalkeeper Andre Onana his pre-season debut.
After a crop of youngsters took on Wrexham in San Diego last night, the Texan city of Houston hosts the Red Devils senior stars in this overnight fixture.
Last week, the club announced the £47.2million signing of Cameroon international Onana, 27, to replace David de Gea. The former Ajax shot-stopper being reunited with manager Erik ten Hag.
Elsewhere, Anthony Martial is yet to feature for United in pre-season as he continues to recover from the hamstring injury sustained in the FA Cup final defeat to rivals Manchester City last month.
Where to watch Real Madrid vs Man United
TV channel and live stream: In the UK, the game will be televised live on MUTV, with coverage starting 12.30am BST.
A big one tonight
The people of Texas are being treated tonight as the two biggest clubs in world football face off in Houston.
Manchester United and Real Madrid are in town to continue their pre-season preparations, but this is unlikely to be any old stroll in the park.
Kick-off is at 1.30am BST. Stick with us.