Manchester United and manager Louis van Gaal have thus far enjoyed an undefeated preseason, and can secure the International Champions Cup with a victory over Paris Saint-Germain Wednesday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The Red Devils currently sit one point back of MLS’s New York Red Bulls in the 10-team tournament table, and an outright victory of any sort will wrap up the preseason cup. PSG and manager Laurent Blanc, a former Red Devil himself, are currently third with seven points after falling to Chelsea 1-1 (6-5) as they prepare for Ligue 1.
While Van Gaal’s tinkered with his lineup as the Premier League campaign looms, all but one of his players, Sean Goss, has seen the field. The Dutch coach has especially liked the development of left-back Luke Shaw, a talented 20-year-old who struggled in his first season with United after transferring from Southampton last summer for £30 million.
“Luke Shaw is a big talent. He’s very young so it’s not so easy for him to come from Southampton to as big a club as Manchester United,” Van Gaal said to The Guardian. “I think that it shall be the season of Luke Shaw, that I believe. I believe in him and he has to feel that and I hope he shall show it. But he’s 20 years old. How many players of that age are playing in the Premier League?”
Shaw started in United’s excellent 3-1 victory over Barcelona, and acted as a substitute in the wins over San Jose Earthquakes and Club America for a defense that’s allowed only two goals.
United will also welcome back striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, one of the critical signatures Van Gaal landed this summer via Bayern Munich.
Owners of three straight French titles, PSG and top striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic represent a solid test of United’s fortitude and improvement on defense. The Swede’s second in the tournament with two goals, including one that would’ve been the winner against Chelsea and the first coming against an overmatched Fiorentina side.
The only player with more goals in the tournament is PSG midfielder Jean-Kevin Augustin, an 18-year-old who was only signed back in February and has netted three goals during the North American tour. He notched a brace against Fiorentina and some are questioning whether Augustin’s making a case for PSG to save its funds and not pursue United midfielder Angel Di Maria.
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