Melbourne Victory vs Man Utd: Where to watch, kick-off time & latest United team news

Check out all the pre-match information ahead of Manchester United’s second pre-season game of 2022.

Manchester United play their second game of pre-season when they face Melbourne Victory on Friday.

The Red Devils began their build-up to the 2022/23 campaign in emphatic style, swotting aside Liverpool 4-0 in their opening game, with Jadon Sancho, Fred, Anthony Martial and Facundo Pellistri on the scoresheet in Bangkok.

Since then, United have travelled to Melbourne where they’ll face Melbourne Victory at the city’s famous cricket ground later this week.

The Red Devils could come up against a familiar face in Friday’s game, following the news this week that ex-winger Nani has signed for Victory, however it’s unclear whether he’ll be available for selection in time.

United arrived in Australia on Wednesday. Credit: Getty.United arrived in Australia on Wednesday. Credit: Getty.
United arrived in Australia on Wednesday. Credit: Getty.

The Australian side are also managed by former Crystal Palace defender Tony Popovic, who spent five years with the Eagles.

What time is kick-off?

The game starts at 11:05am UK time, which will be 8:05pm in Melbourne.

Where can I watch the game?

As with all pre-season games, United fans can watch the clash with Melbourne on MUTV. Supporters can also tune in on the club’s website and app, although that requires an MUTV subscription.

Joining MUTV currently costs £7.99 per month or £29.99 for a year.

Harry Maguire returned to training on Wednesday. Credit: Getty.Harry Maguire returned to training on Wednesday. Credit: Getty.
Harry Maguire returned to training on Wednesday. Credit: Getty.

What’s the latest team news?

Harry Maguire missed Tuesday’s win over Liverpool through injury but was back in training the following day and is expected to be fit in time for the clash against Victory.

However, fellow centre-back Axel Tuanzebe won’t be available after he left the camp this week following a ‘small personal issue’. It’s been reported that youth-team player Will Fish will replace him in the squad.

David de Gea was withdrawn in the second half on Tuesday and appeared to have twinged a muscle collecting the ball.

The Spaniard wasn’t pictured in United’s training pictures on Wednesday, although Tom Heaton, who replaced De Gea, was among those snapped.

Erik ten Hag chose a strong XI for the game in Bangkok and began the first half with what appeared to be a first-choice team, before all 10 outfield players were replaced at the break.

The Dutchman may do something similar against Victory, or he might opt to hand his senior players further minutes.