Friday, September 29, 2023

Manchester United vs Athletic Bilbao LIVE: Date, kick-off time, team news and how to follow as Red Devils end pre-season

Manchester United will finish their hectic pre-season schedule with the second part of their double header against Athletic Bilbao. The Red Devils are playing the joint-most amount of friendlies in the Premier League with another two games this weekend. United’s fringe players have one last chance to impress. Erik ten Hag must knock his squad into shape ahead of their top-flight opener against Wolves, live on talkSPORT. And the United boss will be keen to return to winning ways having watched his side lose three successive friendlies on their USA tour. The Old Trafford outfit fell to a 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund that followed losses to both Real Madrid and Wrexham.

Man United vs Athletic Bilbao: Date and how to follow
This pre-season friendly takes place on Sunday, August 6. Kick-off at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, is scheduled for 4pm UK time. The game will be broadcast live on MUTV starting from 3pm, and supporters can sign up to watch the action here. You can either pay £7.99 a month or £29.99 for the whole year. talkSPORT will have updates throughout while will have the best of the reaction as well. To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Man United vs Athletic Bilbao: Team news
The Red Devils are dealing with several injury concerns, with Kobbie Mainoo and Amad Diallo all out. Mainoo has an ankle problem that could keep him out until the new year and Diallo picked up a knee issue, ruling him out for the opening of the 2023/24 campaign. Rasmus Hojlund is closing in on an imminent £72million switch, but he is unlikely to feature. With two games in such quick succession, whichever players featured the day before against Lens will likely not make the trip to Ireland. Bilbao could hand a start to United cult hero Ander Herrera alongside new signings Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta and Javier Marton.

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Man United vs Athletic Bilbao: What has been said?
Gabby Agbonlahor was not happy with Man United goalkeeper Andre Onana for ranting at Harry Maguire against Borussia Dortmund. “First of all Harry Maguire did nothing wrong,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT. “He gave the ball to a midfielder, who gave it away, and I feel like he is an easy target. I don’t like that from Onana, I feel like he is an easy target. ‘Are you doing that to [Lisandro] Martinez? I don’t think you’re, or even [Marcus] Rashord like that?’ “Maguire is an easy target, so I did not like the look of that. “I would understand if it was a big mistake, and cost a goal, or it was Harry Maguire’s fault, fair enough, but I want to see that same energy from every player. “I understand he [Onana] is trying to create high standards, but when you watch games with him, he has given the ball away a lot and made mistakes. “Imagine Harry Maguire doing that to him. “I feel like you need to respect your teammates.”

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Manchester United will round off their 2019 pre-season fixtures against Spanish side Athletic Bilbao in the early hours of Friday morning (BST).

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have featured three times in the International Champions Cup, as well as one game against Kristiansund BK in Oslo, Norway.

United have put on impressive displays against AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan, failing to win only the first fixture against the Italian side.

The match against the Basque club is due to take place at 8pm local time (7pm BST) at the 65,000 capacity San Mames Stadium in Bilbao.

Both teams have had contrasting success so far this summer, with United going unbeaten and Bilbao suffering two defeats in the Europa League and one in La Liga against Levante.

Team news ahead of the game sees goalkeeper David de Gea likely to sit out due to his registration issues, while Romelu Lukaku is on the verge of sealing his move to Inter Milan.

Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are both absent for United through injury, while opposing manager Gaizka Garitano will be without Inaki Williams through a soleus muscle strain.

Manchester United fans will be able to follow all the action live on MUTV, with coverage beginning at 6:30pm BST.

This will be the Red Devils’ final match before their Premier League opener against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday 11 August.

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