Manchester United are the only team left that can catch Benfica and win the International Champions Cup. The Red Devils have been in good form, winning all five of their preseason matches, and they have allowed just one goal over that stretch. Meanwhile, AC Milan are at the bottom of the ICC standings and are just looking for a result so as not to earn the dubious wooden spoon.
Don’t miss this International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and AC Milan from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The match will kick-off at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 3. It will be broadcast on ESPN Deportes.
International Champions Cup Betting Odds at BookMaker.eu
Manchester United -128
AC Milan +321
Over/Under 2.5 and 3
It’s been a busy preseason for Manchester United. In addition to their three ICC games, they have played three other preseason games, and they have been traveling a lot since the middle of the month. The Red Devils have played in Australia, Singapore, China, and Norway, and now they are coming to Wales.
Outside of ICC action, United have defeated Perth and Kristiansund, and they hammered Leeds United 4-0 two weeks ago. Their ICC victories have been a lot closer, beating Inter Milan 1-0 with a Mason Greenwood goal and knocking off Spurs 2-1 with goals from Anthony Martial and Angel Gomes.
AC Milan have yet to score in their two previous ICC matches. As Italian clubs tend to do, they defended well against both Bayern Munich and Benfica, but they lost to both teams by a score of 1-0. They will have had two additional days of rest compared to Manchester United prior to this game.
New Faces - Manchester United
Right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was the main offseason acquisition for the Red Devils, and he has looked sharp during the preseason. The youngster came over from Crystal Palace for a fee of $62 million back in June, and fans have been elated with his play. He is seen as a defensive specialist, but he has looked strong when pushing forward on a rush.
Daniel James was the other main addition for Manchester United, moving over from Swansea.
Key Departures – Manchester United
The Red Devils were unable to fill their coffers by selling players over the summer, as the three players that left all departed on free transfers. Midfielder Ander Herrera, forward James Wilson, and right back Antonio Valencia all waived goodbye to Old Trafford.
This club is hopeful that star midfielder Paul Pogba won’t be added to this list prior to the start of the Premier League campaign. Pogba has been linked to a move with Real Madrid, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been trying to keep him in the fold with enthusiastic praise.
New Faces – AC Milan
New manager Marco Giampaolo has made a few moves this offseason. Midfielder Franck Kessie came over from Atalanta and left back Theo Hernandez was brought in from Real Madrid. The biggest move though is the return of Andre Silva. While Silva has largely been seen as a disappointment given the expectations placed on him by AC Milan fans, his talent is apparent, and at the very least the club will be able to move him for $25-$30 million.
Key Departures – AC Milan
Young forward Patrick Catruone left for Wolves in the Premier League after a solid season, and AC Milan also said goodbye to 21-year-old midfielder Manuel Locatelli after Sassuolo acquired him on a permanent basis.
Manchester United vs AC Milan Prediction
Expect a low-scoring game of the style that AC Milan prefers. Solskjaer has been making defending more of an emphasis after Manchester United allowed more goals than they ever had in the Premier League during the 2018-19 campaign, so the under is a good play.
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