Reds confident ahead of final pre-season test
Manchester United travel to the Principality Stadium for our final pre-season fixture against AC Milan in high spirits, after enjoying a five-game unbeaten run so far this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Reds have recorded victories over Perth Glory, Leeds United, Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Kristiansund, and will be hoping to make it six wins out of six in South Wales today (kick-off 17:30 BST).
Beating the Serie A outfit would complete an unbeaten pre-season, something we last achieved in 2014, which included lifting the International Champions Cup.
Diogo Dalot, Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira and Angel Gomes told us this week about the air of positivity within the squad, and the eagerness to wrap up pre-season on a high note before we get down to business in the Premier League next week.
“It’s been hard work, as always, but I think we need to focus now on this last match against AC Milan to finish this amazing pre-season well,
“ Diogo told us. ”It’s been very hard work but that’s good for us.
“I think results are not the most important thing right now but it’s important to get the winning feeling again as much as possible. I think, up to now, we’ve done a good job in playing well and winning games. I think it’s been a very good pre-season.”
“I feel very confident and very happy,” the 23-year-old said.
“The manager gave me a lot of confidence, and the staff as well, so I feel very happy and very strong. We’ve had very hard training sessions and prepared very well.
”Hopefully, we can start the season well. We have to get used to winning and getting prepared for games by doing the right thing, I think that is what we have done as it’s been a very good preparation.
“I feel mature. I’ve played a lot of games and I’m a different type of player now and I’m ready for what’s coming next.”
This is the first time the Serbian midfielder has experienced a full pre-season with United. Nemanja arrived at Old Trafford on the eve of the 2017/18 season, and had to sit out last year's tour after undergoing surgery on an injury sustained at the World Cup.
“We’ve trained really hard, we’ve travelled a lot, so it's been good,” the 31-year-old told us.
“As you know we’ve been to Australia, Singapore, Shanghai and Norway so far, so I think the team is physically ready and mentally ready to start the league.
”Of course, it’s very important to play good games against good teams, and Milan are a great team, of course. They are a big club, so it's one more test for us and the most important thing is that we’re physically ready for the start of the Premier League.
“It’s always great to go out on tour and be a part of the first-team squad, so it has been really good so far.
“It’s everything I’ve dreamed of. Playing for the club is one thing and to be able to score my first senior goal [against Tottenham Hotspur] was another thing. It’s just a great feeling for me and my family.
“There’s a lot of players to learn from and you can learn a lot of things. When you’re out on the pitch, they always tell you to express yourself and obviously you can see, with players like Juan [Mata], the stuff they can create on the pitch and it’s great.
“AC Milan are an amazing team. A lot of history, great players; they’ve had [David] Beckham, Ronaldinho and many other great Italian players as well. I think it will be a good test for us and a good game.”
United v AC Milan in Cardiff will be shown live on MUTV, with kick-off at 17:30 BST.
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