score and latest updates from Melbourne

Manchester United v Crystal Palace live pre-season friendly: score and latest updates from Melbourne - AFP

Manchester United v Crystal Palace live pre-season friendly: score and latest updates from Melbourne – AFP

11:08 am

The players walk out onto the MCG

The results are of course insignificant, but you have to say that Palace look underpowered compared to United’s squad. Vieira is without 12 first-team players on this trip, which is less than ideal.

11:01 am

Ten Hag has spoken about Lisandro Martinez

“He is a warrior who will bring aggression and contribute to the team,” he said. “I think the fans are going to love it.

“He’s a strong guy and duels are within his capabilities. There is also his motivation – that is really high.

“He will bring that motivation to the team.”

10:54 am

Manchester United captain

Maguire is set to face additional competition in the form of Lisandro Martinez.

Manchester United's Harry Maguire (R) warms up ahead of pre-season friendly - GETTY IMAGES

Manchester United’s Harry Maguire (R) warms up ahead of pre-season friendly – GETTY IMAGES

10:30 am

Looks like a 4-3-3 for United

Maguire and Lindelof are the centre-back pairing without Varane in the squad. A midfield trio of Fred, McTominay and Fernandes, which is the area of ​​the pitch that could look very different come the close of the transfer window. An attacking line of Sancho, Rashford and Martial has good balance and mobility.

10:27 am

Crystal Palace XI

Butland, Clyne, Ward, Andersen, Mitchell, Rak-Shakhi, Milivojevic, Phillips, Ebiovei, Maeta, Ayew

10:25 am

Manchester United squad: Malaysia kicks off

09:06 am

Another chance to check United’s progress

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace is a fixture that brings back memories of the 1990 and 2016 FA Cup finals, but today the two clubs meet in a pre-season friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.

There is heightened interest in United’s pre-season under new manager Erik ten Hag, and while the man himself said he is not too invested in pre-season results, there have been some interesting details. In their win over Liverpool, United at least moved the ball with some purpose and there were signs of Ten Haag putting his stamp on things with the full-backs dropping into midfield and pressing the defense more from the front. The imminent arrival of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez will aid this development in a different style of play.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation is a distraction. Ronaldo has expressed a desire to leave Old Trafford and missed the tour due to family reasons, but he could be priced out of a move and United are now considering picking up a one-year option to extend his contract. Ten Hag has insisted he wants to keep Ronaldo for his targets, with strengthening central midfield the priority in what remains of the transfer window.

Patrick Vieira’s Palace kick off the Premier League season on August 5 with a stunning home clash against former club Arsenal, but their preparations have been far from straightforward. Nine players, including Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze, Christian Benteke and Marc Guehi, have not traveled to Australia. Palace lost Connor Gallagher – who has returned to parent club Chelsea – from the side that finished 12th in the league and reached an FA Cup semi-final. However, Palace continue to sign new and interesting talent, with Cheick Doucoure arriving for just under £20m from Lens.

Teams on the road shortly.

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