Manchester United’s pre-season campaign continues with a second game against French side Olympique Lyon on July 19th.
The game promises to be an exciting clash, with several storylines at play that fans will be eagerly watching.
One of the main things to watch out for is the performance of Czech goalkeeper Matej Kovar.
He has already impressed in the first game against Leeds United, and with Lyon providing a more stern challenge, it will be interesting to see how he fares.
The club clearly rates him highly, with interest in a new backup goalkeeper, but a good pre-season could help him secure a loan move to a bigger league and pave the way for Premier League football.
Another intriguing aspect of the game is the opportunity for Manchester United to scout Lyon’s highly-rated prospects. With financial difficulties looming over the French club, a firesale could be on the horizon, and United would be wise to be the first in the queue if that happens.
Players such as Bradley Barcola, Rayan Cherkie, Castello Lukeba, and Sinaly Diomande are all highly-regarded prospects who could be steals if Lyon entertained a sale.
Finally, fans will be keeping a close eye on the potential tactical change that could see Mason Mount playing in midfield alongside Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes.
Ten Hag’s ideal midfield three could be one of the best in the country, and Mount’s versatility could be the key to making it work. If it does, United could have a fluid and functional team for the first time under Ten Hag.
There are also other storylines at play, such as the status of Fred after missing the first game due to workload management and the emergence of young players like Joe Hugill and Noam Emeran.
All in all, it promises to be an exciting pre-season game, with plenty of intrigue and excitement for fans to enjoy.