Manchester United go into their second game of the Pre-season tour. With their heads held high after a positive victory over Mexican side Club America. New signing Morgan Schniederlin took the headlines, as his debut was marked by his first goal for the Red Devils.
Schneiderlin and co will want to have a result of the same outcome, as United face MLS side San Jose Earthquakes. They however will go into the game with contrasting emotions after losing their last game to LA Galaxy. Who recently bolstered their squad with the arrival of former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
United will hope to defeat San Jose Earthquakes, who lost their first game of the tour to Club America 2-1. In forward Chris Wondolowski however, the MLS side have an experienced striker with excellent movement and a decent eye for goal. Eventhough this is only a pre-season game, both clubs will take this game seriously for different reasons. United being that this game is preparation for the new season, and San Jose Earthquakes have the opportunity to conquer one of European football’s most recognised and successful clubs.
The new signings will want to perform to the same, possibly a higher standard than the last game. Schniedelin, whose score the only goal of the game. Was praised in particular for his energy and dynamism in the middle of midfield, a quality United had been missing in midfield for quite some time.
Van Gaal has confirmed that young goalkeeper Sam Johnstone will play the full 90-minutes. This will give Van Gaal a chance to analyse the keeper, and see if he should be given a chance in the coming season. With the possibility of De Gea’s depature still in the reckoning, a new talent will need to be required, could Johnstone be that player.
Van Gaal also confirmed in his pre-match press conference that he will field two different sides for each half of this match. It is likely to be that he will start with the same eleven as against Club America and play the second-half again with the same side that played the second-half against Club America with just Johnstone playing the full game.
One piece of trivia, is that George Best dazzled defences, and scored remarkable for both clubs.
Likely First-Half Manchester United line-up: Johnstone, Darmian, Jones, Blind, Shaw, Mata, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Young, Memphis, Rooney
Likely Second-Half Manchester United line-up: Johnstone, McNair, Smalling, Evans, Blackett, Lingard, Herrera, Schweinsteiger, Pereira, Januzaj, Wilson