Manchester United vs Real Madrid
International Champions Cup
Michigan Stadium
Ann Arbor, Michigan
KO: 21:39 GMT

Manchester United vs Real Madrid is one of the most glamorous match ups in world football and will always draw lots of attention, even when there is nothing at stake other than pre-season pride.

This is most certainly true for their friendly match in Michigan, where the Old Trafford and Santiago Bernabeu clubs have managed to sell out the incredible University of Michigan 109,000-seater stadium in Ann Arbor, nicknamed 'The Big House'.

Manchester United's new boss Louis van Gaal is getting one of the last few looks he can at his team in action before the Premier League restarts in two weeks time and he is expected to make some changes to the squad while the transfer window remains open.

However, one plus has been the form of Wayne Rooney in the absence of Netherlands international Robin van Persie. The England striker has looked sharp and fit in the whole US tour, and appears to have put England's disappointing World Cup behind him.

United fans will also be looking forward to getting a glimpse of new signing Ander Herrera, who has been tidy when appearing for the Red devils since his £29million move from Athletic Bilbao earlier this summer - he will also start the match.

Selling so many tickets will have a lot to do with people thinking 'Cristiano Ronaldo' when they see 'Real Madrid', but the Portuguese superstar is unlikely to figure as manager Carlo Ancelotti says he has not recovered sufficiently from the tendinitis of the knee problems that hampered him in Brazil.

However, Ronaldo did say he always had a special feeling when playing against his former club and admitted he was desperate to play, so don't be surprised if he puts in a late cameo.

The teams are...

Man Utd:  De Gea; M Keane, Jones, Evans; Valencia, Herrera, Fletcher, Young; Mata; Rooney, Welbeck.

Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Nacho, Carvajal, Illarra, Alonso, Modric, Bale and Isco.

Real are already out of the pre-season tournament having lost to both Inter Milan and AS Roma previously, but Manchester United only need a draw to get through to the final against Inter, who beat Roma 2-0 earlier on Saturday.

Both Van Gaal and Ancelotti will be looking for the prefect preparation ahead of two seasons that have immense pressure on them for differing reasons.

Real Madrid's victory in the Champions League landed them the famed la Decima and so pressure will be on them to defend their title, as well as overhauling Atletico Madrid in La Liga. The Spanish champions have lost a number of their best players this summer, while fierce rivals Barcelona will have the challenge of an extensive rebuild under new boss Luis Enrique, so the pressure is on.

Meanwhile, Van Gaal has inherited a Manchester United team that looks as though needs some new recruits and will have the task of taking them back into the Champions League after a disappointing seventh place finish in the Premier League last season.

Topics:
La Liga
Cristiano Ronaldo
Wayne Rooney
Premier League
Real Madrid
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