David De Gea returns in goal for Manchester United for their preseason clash against Barcelona at the Ullevi Stadium here tonight.

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The Spanish keeper was a member of the U23 side, which suffered a shocking early exit from the London 2012 Olympic Games with a win and has been recalled for club duties.

Also starting tonight for Manchester United are Wayne Rooney, who leads the forward line, while Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic start in the heart of the backline.

Ashley Young, Nani and Paul Scholes also start, while Michael Keane starts on the bench with Patrice Evra back at left-back. Japan’s Shinji Kagawa starts on the bench again.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi will lead a strong attacking Barcelona starting team, which also includes Alexis Sanchez, Andres Iniesta and Cristian Tello.

Captain Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Dani Alves have also given starting places, while Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba are on the bench.

Barcelona v Manchester United: Starting Teams

Man Utd team: De Gea, Valencia, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Nani, Scholes, Anderson, Young, Welbeck, Rooney. Subs: Lindegaard, Berbatov, Hernandez, Carrick, Powell, Kagawa, Macheda, Wootton, Brady, Michael Keane, Lingard.

Barcelona team: Valdes, Dani Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano, Sergi Roberto, Busquets, Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez, Messi, Tello.
Subs: Pinto, Pique, Fabregas, Xavi, Bartra, Pedro, Jordi Alba, Montoya, Afellay, Ilie Sanchez, Rafinha.


Walter Hoyos joins SportingAlert as contributor for Spanish football and the Spain national team. I like to travel, one of the favourite things on my list, but I also like to just spend time with family and friends when I am not covering football games. Hope to dump into some of my readers some day.


  1. Ramona S Chin Boodoo

    Barca… mi amor… mi vida… wish Villa could be out there 🙁 dios mio!

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