The International Champions Cup has started well for Internazionale, as the Italian side recorded a win over Real Madrid on penalties in their opening fixture.
A sensational Gareth Bale goal was cancelled out by a penalty from Argentine young gun Mauro Icardi, before the Italians overcame their Spanish opponents 3-2 in the shootout.
While Carlo Ancelotti's side had an experimental feel to it, with several youngsters given a hit-out, Inter's lineup perhaps offered some guide to how Walter Mazzarri might set the team up once the season proper gets underway, though it did also have a patchwork feel to it, with some players occupying unfamiliar positions.
Inter will take on United next up in Landover, Maryland, and it will be interesting to see if Mazzarri continues with a similar formation and starting XI, or mixes things up in order to try out some different combinations.
One glaring absentee from the side was legendary former captain Javier Zanetti, who watched the game from the stands in his new role as Inter vice president, following his recent retirement.
Against the European champions, Inter started the game with a 3-5-2 featuring Samir Handanovic, Andrea Ranocchia, Nemanja Vidic, Juan Jesus, Danilo D'Ambrosio, Jonathan, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Joel Obi, Dodo, Ruben Botta and Icardi.
New signing Vidic came straight into the starting side to marshal the defence, while Obi got a rare start in midfield. Argentine duo Icardi and Botta were charged with providing the side's attacking threat.
The young forwards looked lively throughout the game and likely did enough to retain their spots for the clash with United.
Substitute Yann M'Vila is still short of full fitness, but probably did enough to earn himself a starting berth in the next game, at the expense of Obi.
Despite substitute goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo's heroics in the penalty shootout, Handanovic should be retained as the first-choice shot-stopper in Maryland.
The starting XI could look very similar to that used against Madrid, then, though expect Mazzarri to once again shake things up as the match progresses.'
Predicted Inter Starting XI Against Manchester United:
Handanovic, Ranocchia, Vidic, Juan Jesus, D'Ambrosio, Jonathan, Kuzmanovic, M'Vila, Dodo, Botta, Icardi.
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