Manchester United vs. Barcelona is a mouth-watering clash at any time of year.
The International Champions Cup steps up a few notches for United as they face the treble-winning Barcelona in Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon. The game’s 1:05 p.m. PDT kick-off time will be more conducive to a television audience back in Europe. United fans back home have had to stay up late or get up early to watch their side so far, but this game has a Saturday night time slot in the UK.
The game will be played at Levi’s Stadium—the 68,500 capacity home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Louis van Gaal‘s men are a game deeper in their ICC run, having notched up two wins. Luis Enrique’s all-conquering Barca side come into this match on the back of a 2-1 win over LA Galaxy—a game which saw perennial United hate figures Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez reunited.
Pre-season fitness will be high on the agenda here, but the game represents an opportunity for both teams to enhance their chances of ICC success by adding to their points tally. Indeed, any win for United—whether in 90 minutes or on penalties—would earn them enough points to top the table for now.
Date: Saturday 25 July 2015
Time: 1:05 p.m. PDT / 9:05 p.m. BST
Venue: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
TV Info: MUTV (UK Only)/Fox (U.S. Only), ESPN Deportes (Spanish Language, U.S. Only)
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go (U.S. only)
Suarez is the only one of Barcelona’s peerless forward line available for selection here. Neither Lionel Messi nor Neymar are taking part in the Blaugrana’s US tour, per David Larimer of the Washington Post.
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