Three years to the day after they last played at the Ullevaal Stadion, Manchester United return to Oslo on Saturday to face familiar opposition in La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico knocked United out of the Champions League in March, progressing 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in the second leg.
The game is the first in a double-bill of matches against Spanish sides for new United manager Erik ten Hag, with Rayo Vallecano visiting Old Trafford on Sunday.
Man United vs. Atletico Madrid predicted lineups
Defender Lisandro Martinez could make his United debut following his arrival from Ten Hag’s former side, Ajax, for £57 million ($69m) on Wednesday. Christian Eriksen is also in the squad.
United’s 2021/22 top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo, has not featured in the club’s unbeaten preseason, appearing to be locked in a stand-off over his desire to leave in favour of a Champions League team. He did not travel with the squad to Norway.
Man. United predicted lineup (4-3-3): De Gea (GK) — Dalot, Maguire, Martinez, Telles — Van de Beek, Fred, Bruno Fernandes — Sancho, Martial, Rashford
Atletico completed the signing of Argentina defender Nahuel Molina from Italian side Udinese on Thursday and the 24-year-old right-back is in Simeone’s squad.
Atletico Madrid predicted lineup (3-1-4-2): Oblak (GK) — Savic, Gimenez, Mandava — Kondogbia — Wass, Carrasco, De Paul, Lemar — Morata, Correa.
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With their Premier League opener against Brighton & Hove Albion coming eight days after this match, United’s players may be sharper than an Atletico squad who have just started preseason and have more than two weeks before they play Getafe in their first competitive match of 2022/23.
Atletico have yet to lose to United in four fixtures since 1991, although two of the past three games between the clubs have ended 1-1.