PORTLAND, Ore., Sporting Alert — Summer recruits Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof are both in the Manchester United starting lineup for tonight’s 2017 pre-season clash against Real Salt Lake.
Kick-off time for this one, the second game of the Red Devils’ pre-season fixtures, is set for 10 pm ET, while live streaming will be on WatchESPN and MUTV app. ESPN2 will provide the live television broadcast from Providence Park, here in Portland, Oregon.
Lukaku will lead the attack for Jose Mourinho’s side, while Lindelof will link up with Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the backline.
Captain Michael Carrick gets his first start of the young pre-season campaign and the new skipper will alongside Paul Pogba and youngster Scott McTominay in midfield.
Supporting Lukaku in the Manchester United attack are Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Meanwhile, Joel Pereira, who started the second half of the win against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night, gets the nod tonight from the start.
Sergio Romero will come into the lineup after the opening 45 minutes, while regular No. 1 David de Gea, who started against LA Galaxy, is named as a sub, but is expected to be given the night off.
Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe, Marouane Fellaini, Demetri Mitchell and promising midfield playmaker Andreas Pereira, are all among the substitutes.
Rashford scored a brace in the 5-2 win over the LA Galaxy, while Fellaini, Mkhitaryan and Martial also got their names on the scoring sheet over the weekend.
Mourinho will be hoping his team can continue to improve, but admits the main thing to finish the game injury free.
“The important thing, if possible, is to avoid injuries because things are going so well for us after one week,” the boss told MUTV. “If we can keep that stability then it will be good for us.”
Manchester United XI: Pereira, Blind, Jones, Lindelöf, Fosu-Mensah, Carrick, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, McTominay, Lukaku. Subs: De Gea, Romero, Tuanzebe, Valencia, Darmian, Smalling, Bailly, Fellaini, Mata, Herrera, Mitchell, Andreas Pereira, Martial, Rashford.