When the idea of the International Champions Cup was conceived it was based on bringing together the most famed clubs form the world’s top leagues into a grand tournament of champions. Wednesday’s matchup between AC Milan and Manchester United fulfills the dream of all soccer fans and punters
looking for the ultimate in matchups of great historic powers from different top tier leagues. Manchester United may just well be the most famous of all professional sports teams while AC Milan has a grand tradition of glory. This makes Wednesday’s match appointment viewing.
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2018 International Champions Cup Milan vs. Manchester United
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 11 p.m. ET
Location: StubHub Center, Carson, California
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Milan vs. Manchester United TV Coverage: ESPN
StubHub Center was originally known as the Home Depot Center and is located 14 miles south of downtown Los Angeles in Carson. The LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer calls it home. The NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers are using the StubHub Center as a temporary home until Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park opens in 2020. StubHub Center has hosted six MLS Cup championships and a 2016 ICC match between Paris Saint Germain and Leicester City.
Meet AC Milan
AC Milan is one of the most glorious name brands in European football with a total of seven Champions League titles, second most of any team in history. They have been the most dominant team in Italy with a total of 18 championships in Serie A. Recently the club was taken over and has been the beneficiary of significantly increased investment. The arrival of manager Gennaro Gattuso has improved recent performance as evidenced by their run of ten games without a defeat to start his tenure.
Meet Manchester United
Just as Milan is Italy’s marquee franchise so too is Manchester United when it comes to the English Premier League. Man United has a record 20 EPL championships including 13 under former legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Current manager Jose Mourinho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea and is believed to be the man that can get the Red Devils back up to par against local rivals and defending champion Manchester City.
AC Milan Style and Tactics
Manager Gennaro Gattuso simplified things after the complicated tactics of his predecessor Vincenzo Montella. Gattuso employs a standard 4-3-3 system and the dumbing down of tactics has help strengthen the competitive spirit and resolve of his team. Tough road wins over Lazio, Roma, and Genoa serve as proof of Milan’s resurgence.
Manchester United Style and Tactics
Although Jose Mourinho is labeled as a defensive coach the reality is more about him being a pragmatist. In fact, Mourinho is respected for being flexible and adapting to the various opponents that he faces. Manchester United’s basic set is a 4-2-3-1 formation with the option of switching to a three-man midfield. Overall Mourinho has developed a team that can tighten up defensively while still being able to switch over to free flowing offensive creativity and attack style football when called for.
Players to Watch
Leonardo Bonucci is one of the world’s top defenders and was signed away from rival Juventus to Milan. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is the most important player on the team. At age 19 he already took over between the sticks for Italy’s international squad.
Manchester United also boasts world class goalkeeping in David de Gea, who is regarded by many as the best in the world. United backed up the truck with a $98 million payment to Romelu Lukaku and was rewarded with the best single season of the striker’s career.
Milan vs. Manchester United Free Picks
With the goalkeepers looking even it would figure that Romelu Lukaku will be the difference maker here.
Milan vs. Manchester United Pick: Bet the money line on Manchester United
Milan vs. Manchester United Score Prediction: Manchester United 1, Milan 0
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