Two of English soccer’s fiercest rivals cross paths in unfamiliar surroundings on Wednesday, as Manchester United takes on Leeds United in Perth, Australia.
A staple of the English soccer calendar, meetings between United and Leeds have been limited since the latter’s financial demise resulted in relegation to the Championship at the end of the 2003-04 season and then to League One three years later.
United last played Leeds in the third round of the 2011 League Cup, winning 3-0 at Elland Road with Michael Owen scoring twice and Ryan Giggs adding another.
A lot of water has gone under the proverbial bridge since then, with United still struggling to fill the void Sir Alex Ferguson left when he retired six years ago.
The clear out Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promised at the end of last season is yet to materialize and the Norwegian is still looking to strengthen his squad.
Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is reportedly on the verge of completing a $100 million move to Old Trafford, a fee many considered excessive for a player of the England international’s caliber.
Similarly, while Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka—who joined for a combined $80 million—are promising signings, United are unlikely to bridge the gap with Manchester City and Liverpool this summer.
Leeds, meanwhile, came tantalizingly close to a return to the Premier League last season. Under Marcelo Bielsa, the Whites held one of the two automatic promotion berths for a large chunk of the season, before finishing third and getting knocked out by Derby County in the playoffs.
So far this summer, Leeds has only signed players on loan and with the Championship kicking off in two weeks, Bielsa will be looking to bolster his options sooner rather than later.
As such, both teams are expected to look largely experimental in the pre-season match in Perth.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday.
When and where is the game?
United takes on Leeds at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia, with kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, July 17.
The game will be broadcast live exclusively by the clubs’ in-house channels, MUTV and LUTV, both of which require subscription.
For viewers in the U.S., the game will be available via MUTV on MUTV.com, as well as via Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Xbox and Roku with the same subscription.
The game will also be available via the MUTV app. Similarly, live stream can be accessed via LUTV on desktop and mobile apps and live stream will also be available on fuboTV.
United beat Perth Glory 2-0 on Saturday in its first pre-season match and the clash with Leeds is the last fixture scheduled in Australia for Solskjaer’s men, who will then fly to Singapore and China to play Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur.
Leeds, meanwhile, have defeated York City 5-0 and Guiseley 2-1 so far and will play Western Sydney Wanderers in Sydney on Saturday.
According to Oddsportal, United is a 19/50 favorite to win, while Leeds is a 144/25 outsider and the draw is at 361/100.