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Match Preview: Yokohama F. Marinos vs Manchester United

 Yokohama F.Marinos vs Manchester United

Tour 2013 – Tuesday 23rd July, 2013 – 11:20am KO BST – International Stadium Yokohama (72,327)

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The Teams

United

David Moyes on getting to know Shinji Kagawa after the player’s arrival in Japan: I’ve just met him today, so we’re getting to know each other. I’m trying to learn Japanese and he’s trying to understand my Scottish!”

United XI from: Anders Lindegaard, Ben Amos, David de Gea; Rafael, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Alex Büttner, Fabio, Michael Keane, Chris Smalling; Michael Carrick, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Wilfried Zaha, Jesse Lingard, Adnan Januzaj, Ashley Young, Shinji Kagawa; Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie

With Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos each having one tour start under their belts, the match in Japan should see David de Gea start between the posts. Having missed the win over the A-League All Stars, Jonny Evans and Alex Buttner should be back in contention. Michael Carrick will almost certainly miss out having picked up a slight problem in his groin this week. While none of the three new tour recruits (Kagawa, Smalling, Young) will start, they will likely feature at some stage. With a full week’s training behind him, Robin van Persie could make his first start of pre-season.

Yokohama FMarinos

Starting XI from: Enomoto, Iikura, Rokutan, Suzuki; Amano, Kurihara, Dutra, Kobayashi, Aguiar, Higa, Nakazawa, Tashiro, Narawa, Dong-Ho Jeong, Tomisawa; Ogura, Hyodo, Nakamachi, Kumagai, Sato, Nakamura, Kida; Saito, Hanato, Marquinhos, Fujita

Notes

Shinji Kagawa, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young join the squad in Japan.

Michael Carrick will miss the game with a tight groin.

Marinos are currently 17 games into their J-League season and currently find themselves in 3rd position, 2 points off the top.

They are managed by ex-player Yasuhiro Higuchi. Their star name, Shunsuke Nakamura, should be familiar to many United fans. He has scored at Old Trafford (a delicious free-kick) and netted a late Champions League winner for Celtic over the Reds.

37-year-old Brazilian striker, Marquinhos, has 10 goals in 16 J-League appearances this season.

Score prediction: Yokohama F. Marinos 1-3 United

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