International Champions Cup Preview: AS Roma vs. Manchester United

Updated: July 24, 2014
Manchester United- Van gaal

Match Date: 27 July 2014 (local time)

Venue: Sports Authority Field


The competition

Following its 2013 success, the International Champions Cup will be holding its second yearly tournament.
Top European clubs were invited to participate in the said friendly and included in the list are Manchester United and AS Roma.


The participants

Manchester United

Manchester United will be bringing its first-team players into the competition. But if there is anyone who will most likely make an impression, this is their newly-appointed manager, Louis van Gaal.


The above-mentioned head honcho just came from Brazil where he led the Dutch squad to a third place finish during the 2014 World Cup. Immediately after his World Cup duties, the well-known tactician started training with the Red Devils.


Participating into the International Champions Cup is an opportunity for the club to have a preview of what they intend to do in the Premier League.


AS Roma

Like Manchester United, Italy’s capital club will be sporting its first-team players as well.


Headed by Rudi Garcia, AS Roma rose to stardom after finishing as runner-up during the 2013/2014 season in Serie A. Roma’s rise was rather unprecedented and unexpected since Napoli was then hailed as the top pick of football betting tips to contend the title against Juventus.


The star men

Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa’s creative antics will be put to the test once again. The two are known for setting up jaw dropping plays for the squad. Chicharito is also expected to impress in the upcoming match.


Meanwhile, many anticipate AS Roma’s talked about signing, Ashley Cole. The 33-year-old left back was strongly linked to MLS, but chose to hook up in Serie A instead.


What the odds say

Both Rudi Garcia and van Gaal’s tactical acumen are beyond compare. However, van Gaal’s explosive exploits in Brazil is hard to ignore. It is therefore a profitable wager to go for Manchester United. The squad is a favorite to win at 1.89 with Asian handicap of -0-0.5.


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