Our match prediction:
Manchester United face their first uphill task under new coach Jose Mourinho as they take on Borussia Dortmund in the opening match of their International Champions Cup campaign. “The Special One” is expected to bring glory days back to Old Trafford and it remains to be seen if Zlatan Ibrahimovic is going to help the Red Devils win the Premier League trophy. Manchester United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Champions League campaign and it remains to be seen if they are capable of making life difficult for Borussia Dortmund in Friday’s football clash. The Millionaires finished the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign in second place in the standings and the bad news for the fans is that Marco Reus suffered a serious injury while on international duty with Germany. In his absence, Real Madrid target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be the man to watch in Thomas Tuchel’s team and we predict that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition back line. However, seeing that Jose Mourinho is likely to stick to his defensive style of play, under 2.5 goals bet appears on the horizon.
Highligted Player (Antonio Valencia):
Antonio Valencia is a versatile right winger who plays for English Premier League club Manchester United. The 30-year-old is often deployed as a right-back too, both at the club and international level. Valencia was a first team regular at El Nacional after rising swiftly through the youth ranks. He would then move to Spanish side Villarreal whose time at the club was spent on loans to Recreativo and Wigan Athletic. After impressing for them on loan, Wigan Athletic signed Valencia permanently in 2008. His performance for them soon attracted interest from several high profile clubs and Valencia eventually signed for Manchester United. He was touted as a replacement to Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford and would go on to win many titles with them. Valencia made his national debut in 2005 and represented in two FIFA World Cups and as many Copa America. He has won 80 caps for his nation and scored eight goals so far.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football. Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.