FRIENDLY: Manchester United face Barcelona in Gothenburg

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Sporting Alert) — European football powerhouses Manchester United and Barcelona are set for an exciting preseason football clash at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg on Wednesday.

Live coverage will be on MUTV and MUTV Online (UK and Ireland only).

Both teams will be at almost full strength with Sir Alex Ferguson and Tito Vilanova each have their Euro stars returning from their extended break after the tournament.

Barcelona will feature superstars such as Lionel Messi, Carles Puyol, Xavi, Alexis Sanchez, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Javier Mascherano, Cesc Fàbregas, and Andres Iniesta in its line up with all expected to play a part in the game.

There is also good news for Barcelona and Spanish fans, as striker David Villa is back in the squad and could get a few minutes as he continues to work on getting back in shape after the long sit out because of surgery.

Manchester United, in the meantime, will have the likes of Wayne Rooney, Nani, Ashley Young, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Shinji Kagawa in its line-up.

Left-back Patrice Evra also joins his teammates in Gothenburg, after missing the 0-0 draw with Valerenga on Sunday.

The last time these two sides met Manchester United came away with a 2-1 victory with Michael Owen scoring the winner during the preseason tour of the United States last year.

Nani had give Manchester United the lead, but Thiago Alcantara scored a brilliant long-range equalizer.

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