The 2019/20 season is only a month away from its official beginning and here I am to talk you through it. In this slideshow, we are going to talk about Manchester United, a team who were starting at a squad overhaul at the end of last season and before traveling to Australia, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got two signings over the line, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
While Manchester United are in for more business in the summer transfer window as stated by their Norwegian boss, for the time being, there is a lot to talk about as Manchester United kick off their pre-season tour in Australia against Perth Glory at 4:30 PM IST on Saturday.
Solskjaer has always emphasized the importance of pre-season and we will see how the Red Devils have prepared for their first friendly of the new season. So, without further ado, here are the 3 things to look forward to as Manchester United face Perth Glory on Saturday.
#3 Formation and tactics from Solskjaer
Last season, Solskjaer took over at Manchester United in December and he didn't really have an opportunity to build his style and give United the identity he wanted to. But now with him getting a full pre-season, the tactics and formations he applies will be very interesting to see.
Mostly the Norwegian went with the 4-3-3 last season but we also saw some flexibility from Solskjaer. A 4-4-2 diamond and also a 4-2-3-1 were deployed by the Norwegian and the last two formations were mostly used in big games. Also, Solskjaer has always said that he wants his Manchester United to be the fittest team in the league and it would be interesting to see the pressing style that the Red Devils go with.
#2 The young and quick attacking line
Yes, going into the new season, Manchester United seem to have one of the quickest forward lines in the league and after the inclusion of Daniel James, the pace in the United attack has increased.
James was the quickest forward in his days with Swansea in the Championship, and with the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, and Jesse Lingard, Manchester United could form a fiery front line which is deadly on the counter-attack.
The biggest concern that Solskjaer would look to tackle in the pre-season is the stamina of his attacking players which would directly improve the quality of the pressing. It would be interesting to see what attacking line Solskjaer prefers and who between Lukaku and Rashford will be his first-choice striker.
Also, how Daniel James fits into this team will be great to see. Right now, I think he would be tried on the right wing and I am also pretty excited to witness Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong, and Angel Gomes get their run out.
#1 Integration of Axel Tuanzebe and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the back four
Players in training
At the end of last season, almost all Manchester United fans believed that the club needed a center-back and an upgrade at right-back going into the new season. The Red Devils have completed the signing of highly rated 21-year-old right-back Wan-Bissaka and they might be looking at center-back options in the transfer market.
But if the returning Axel Tuanzebe manages to impress Solskjaer in the pre-season tour, we might see the young Englishman more and more involved next season. Last season, Tuanzebe was on loan to Aston Villa who have now been promoted and Axel was one of the best defenders for Villa last season.
While another loan spell at Villa could be on the cards, Solskjaer, for the time being, has made sure that Tuanzebe has his opportunity for Manchester United in the pre-season tour. The integration of two young and highly rated English defenders into the Manchester United back four would be very interesting to see.