Manchester United take the field this Saturday against A.S. Roma in the Guinness International Champions Cup and in a 3 part series I will be covering how Roma can beat United, how United can beat Roma, and a preview of the game itself of course followed by a post match report. With the game days away and United playing the Los Angeles Galaxy tonight, Roma has an extra day to study United who will be playing their first game under new Manager Louis Van Gaal.
Capitalize on the lack of chemistry. Manchester United will be playing with a lot of youngsters, in a new system, with new players such as Luke Shaw and Ander Hererra, so it will be up to Roma to play their game and take it to United as they will probably have chemistry issues due to lack of ample time playing together.
Exploit the midfield and defense. United in 2014 isn’t really known for their amazing defenders and midfielders, yet that is something that Roma excels in, it is up to them to capitalize on their strengths and exploit United’s defense and midfield. They’ll probably be going against 19-year-old Shaw, Phil Jones, Rafael, and Johnny Evans of course that is subject to change due to the 3-5-2 formation Van Gaal used for the Netherlands in the World Cup.
Control the game. United will probably deploy Wayne Rooney, Herrera, and Juan Mata so it will be up to Roma to slow them down and make sure they don’t get too big of a hold on United for this game.
If these things come to fruition, then Roma should win the game. The cup they’re playing in and the game itself might not mean a lot, but it’s a big opportunity for Roma to show off in America and promote their team.