Although MU did not play round 1 of the Premier League, MU still played on September 12. Who is the opponent of “Red Devils”?
Because Man City and MU entered the European Cup and Europa League last season, the two Manchester teams were postponed to play the first round of the Premier League 2020/21. This is required by the European Football Federation (UEFA) when teams have to rest at least 30 days before the season.
Therefore, MU will start to play in the Premier League from the second round with rival Crystal Palace (23:30, September 19). Meanwhile, the confrontation with Burnley (round 1) has not yet determined the time to play. Likewise is the match between Man City and Aston Villa.
However, Solskjaer’s teachers and students will not play in the opening day of the Premier League. According to the Manchester Evening News, MU will play a friendly match with Aston Villa on September 12 to “respond” to the first round of the Premier League. This is considered an important preparation step for the new season.
The source revealed this was the last pre-season friendly match for the Old Trafford team . In fact, coach Solskjaer also did not have much time to prepare for this match and lacked many personnel.
Paul Pogba infected with Covid-19 so he definitely did not attend. Marcus Rashford was injured while on duty at England. Mason Greenwood is in a separate practice due to a violation of the rules of conduct in Iceland. Meanwhile, captain Harry Maguire only trained earlier this week after the Greek controversy.
Besides, Bruno Fernandes (Portugal), Anthony Martial (France) or Victor Lindelof (Sweden) are not in the best physical condition after fighting with the national team in the UEFA Nations League 2020/21. Therefore, it is likely that the Norwegian teacher will test and trust young players in this friendly match.
The player most anticipated by the MU fans is probably rookie Donny Van De Beek. The Dutch midfielder has only just joined Old Trafford and has only had a few getting to know the team. This match is scheduled to take place at 20:00 on September 12 at Villa Park Stadium in Birmingham.
The last visit here, MU won 3-0 with goals from Fernandes, Greenwood and Pogba.