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23/07/2013 08:58, Report by James Tuck
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Match preview: Yokohama

Date, time and coverage: Tuesday 23 July, 11:20 BST (19:20 local). MUTV's live coverage starts at 11:00 BST. (Live coverage not available in all MUTV regions, please check local listings). To subscribe, visit manutd.com/joinnow or call 08708 48 68 88.

Form guide: United recorded the first win of David Moyes’ managerial reign in some style at the weekend, comfortably overcoming the A-League All Stars 5-1 in Sydney in front of 83,000 fans. Jesse Lingard and Danny Welbeck scored twice apiece, before Robin van Persie netted in his first pre-season action, and the Reds will be looking to improve further against Yokohama F•Marinos, one of the J-League’s stronger sides.

Ins and outs: Shinji Kagawa, Ashley Young and Chris Smalling all joined up with the squad in Japan and Moyes expects them to be involved, though not from the start. Michael Carrick (groin) is doubtful but Jonny Evans and Alex Büttner are set to return after missing the win in Australia.  

Opposition boss: Yasuhiro Higuchi, a former Japan international, took over the reigns in December 2011 and guided the Marinos to fourth place in 2012, their highest position in the Japanese top flight since they won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004.

Did you know? Both of the Reds' matches en route to winning the 2008 Club World Cup were played in Yokohama. After beating Japanese side Gamba Osaka 5-3 in a thrilling semi-final, the European champions went on to conquer LDU Quito of Ecuador 1-0 in the final.

Star man: Brazilian striker Marquinhos scored 10 goals in 22 appearances last season but the side's biggest name is arguably Shunsuke Nakamura. The captain and midfield playmaker has scooped a number of individual awards including the Player of the Year in Japan and in Scotland, where he served Celtic for four years and scored against the Reds in the 2006/07 Champions League with a thirty-yard free-kick.

Quote/unquote: "I'm very happy to be a member of Manchester United and to be playing in Japan for them. I hope we have a very good game. I'd like to give the fans my very best." - Shinji Kagawa

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