Manchester United v Real Madrid: Predicted line-ups

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Manchester United take on reigning European champions Real Madrid in the final Group A match of the 2014 International Champions Cup on Saturday - but who can we expect to start for both teams at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor?

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Real Madrid can no longer advance to Monday’s final, against the winners of Group B, after picking up just one point from their opening two matches against Inter Milan and AS Roma.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side were beaten on penalties by Inter - in a match which saw Gareth Bale net a wonder goal - before suffering a 1-0 defeat against Roma three days later.

But the Spanish giants will be keen to put on a show in front of an expected 109,000-strong crowd in Michigan, where Manchester United will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten record in order to progress to Monday’s final against, in all probability, either Liverpool or Manchester City.

United currently sit top of Group A, having picked up five points from their first two International Champions Cup matches. An entertaining 3-2 win over Roma was followed up by a penalty shoot-out victory over Inter.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Both sets of supporters will be hoping to see Cristiano Ronaldo back in action. The Real Madrid superstar is in line to feature against his former club this weekend after returning to training earlier in the week.

He missed Real Madrid’s other two matches and will be desperate to make an appearance - and put on a show - in front of a remarkable sell-out crowd.

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Van Gaal to start Hernandez?

Van Gaal has taken a good look at Welbeck and now knows what the England international is capable of, but he still needs to give Mexican forward Javier Hernandez a start during this pre-season tour.

Hernandez is a hugely popular figure in the Americas and the crowd will be hoping to see his name amongst the starters. They might just get their wish, too.

Rooney, as the team’s star player, will almost certainly start - while Juan Mata should get the nod in the first half, although Van Gaal may opt to take a closer look at Shinji Kagawa in the number ten role.

Luke Shaw is currently working on his fitness and is expected to miss out on a place in the starting line-up, with left-back Reece James filling in for the £27 million England international.

Manchester United v Real Madrid: Predicted line-ups

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Evans, James, Cleverley, Herrera, Mata, Rooney, Hernandez

Real Madrid XI: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Illarramendi, Xabi Alonso, Modric, Bale, Isco, Ronaldo


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