Manchester United v Valencia preview
Manchester United face Valencia at Old Trafford on Wednesday in their final pre-season friendly, before they face Chelsea in the FA Community Shield next weekend. United have been impressive in pre-season and will be hoping to continue that form in this encounter.
United have had a good pre-season winning all their games in the tour of Asia. They also appeared in the inaugural Audi Cup, where they were defeated 7-6 on penalties by Bayern Munich in the final. The Red Devils are likely to start this game with a rigid 4-4-2 formation, with Wayne Rooney getting a chance to play up front.
The England international is likely to be partnered by new signing Michael Owen, who has been in impressive form in pre-season. Antonio Valencia is also likely to start on the right side of the midfield in this encounter.
Valencia finish sixth in La Liga last season and have qualified for the Europa League for the coming season. They have managed to keep their key players this summer. Midfielder David Silva and striker David Villa were expected to leave Los Ches due to the clubs financial problems.
United have been linked with both Spanish stars, but both will line-up for Valencia rather than United at Old Trafford. Valencia beat Cardiff City 2-0 in a recent friendly with Joaquin and Nikola Zigic scoring the goals. Neither Silva nor Villa appeared in that fixture, but the pair will be restored to the team for this clash.