Kristiansund v United: Our guide to the game
Following pre-season games in Australia, Singapore and Shanghai, Manchester United will then travel to Norway for our fourth friendly match of the summer.
The game will be significant for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who will return to his native country and take on his hometown club Kristiansund.
As we count down to the game, here’s the key information you need to know…
HOW CAN I GET TICKETS?
Tickets can be purchased by visiting manutd.com/tour.
WILL IT BE SHOWN ON MUTV?
The friendly match will kick off at 18:00 BST (19:00 local time) on Tuesday 30 July and, like each and every one of United’s pre-season games, it will be shown live on MUTV.
HAVE WE PLAYED IN NORWAY BEFORE?
Norway has been one of the Reds’ favourite pre-season destinations over the years and we last played there in 2017, when United beat Valerenga 3-0 thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Scott McTominay. The Reds also faced Valerenga in friendlies ahead of the the new season in 2012, 2002 and 1998, with Ole netting in the latter two. Alex Ferguson’s United played SK Brann as well in 1998, while in 1991 and 1992 respectively we played three games in Norway as part of our pre-season preparations.
The club, named after the town in which it was formed, is located on the western Norwegian coast. Kristiansund play in Norway’s top flight, the Eliteserien, and are currently enjoying their second year in the division. The side were only formed in 2003, when they merged Kristiansund FK and Clausenengen FK (Ole’s former side) together to create one Kristiansund-based team. Therefore, Solskjaer has never technically played for the club, whose nickname is the Owls.
WHERE ARE WE PLAYING?
Kristiansund will travel to the Norwegian capital, Oslo, for the friendly game, which is being held at Ullevaal Stadion. The arena is the home of the Norway national side and has previously been occupied by FK Lyn and Valerenga. United have played at the 28,000-seater stadium on our last three trips to Norway and have won two and drawn one of our previous games there.
HOW ARE KRISTIANSUND GETTING ON?
The Eliteserien is currently around a third of the way through the season and Kristiansund are sixth in the table. The Owls have picked up 17 points from 10 games and are just five points behind early leaders Molde. In the most recent round of league games, Kristiansund drew 0-0 with seventh-place Haugesund.
Christian Michelsen is taking charge of his sixth year at the Kristiansund Stadion. The former midfielder spent his last few seasons as a player with the Owls and, upon retiring in 2012, was appointed as manager Geir Bakke’s assistant. Two years later, he replaced Bakke and guided the club to their first promotion from the Norwegian second tier in 2017.
HAVE WE MET THEM BEFORE?
While United have faced several Norwegian sides, we have not previously played Kristiansund, although the Reds did play at the club’s ground in July 1992 when we beat IK Start 3-0. On that occasion, Clayton Blackmore, Mark Hughes and Danny Wallace were on target for the Reds.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
Our Irish fans may recognise Kristiansund’s goalkeeper, Sean McDermott. The 26-year-old has been selected in the Republic of Ireland squad on several occasions but is yet to make a senior appearance for the Boys In Green. McDermott is not the only international in the squad, with Andreas Vaikla and Brent Lepistu regulars in the Estonia squad, while Flamur Kastrati has represented Kosovo.
Our Scandinavian players Gallery
Remind yourself of some of the notable Reds past and present who hail from Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
Our pre-season starts with a friendly against Perth Glory on 13 July at the Optus Stadium, Perth. Four days later, we meet our old foes Leeds United at the same ground, before we play our first International Champions Cup (ICC) match in Singapore against Inter on 20 July. Five days later it’s Spurs in the ICC and then we travel to Norway to take on Kristiansund. To finish our pre-season tour - and our ICC campaign - we have a trip to Cardiff on 3 August, where we’ll play AC Milan.
For more details and ticket information for all of the games, visit manutd.com/tour.
All six of Manchester United’s pre-season games will be available to watch live on MUTV, including the clashes with Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and AC Milan.
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