This Tuesday, July 25, Manchester United will pay Wrexham at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego for a friendly match set to start at 7:30 p.m. PST. Manchester United is one of the biggest soccer teams in the world, as massive support for the “Red Devils” is expected at the Mission Valley fortress.
This past Saturday, July 22, a friendly match between Manchester United and Arsenal sold-out MetLife Stadium. A sellout is expected at Snapdragon Stadium.
In that friendly at MetLife, United used virtually all of their starters at one point in the match. Most starters are not expected to receive playing time in this match. Manager Erik Ten Hag confirmed that he will be fielding a U-21 team against Wrexham.
There is an opportunity for some more inexperienced players to showcase their skills, playing for the big team on Tuesday night. New signing goalkeeper Andre Onana traveled with the “Red Devils” to San Diego. He is unlikely to get minutes against Wrexham, as he is likely to debut against Real Madrid in Houston.
The English team is currently training at UCSD ahead of the match. Wrexham is at the Chula Vista Olympic training center.
Wrexham is not as globally known as Manchester United, but have a cult following due to their owners (Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney). A popular documentary series on Hulu titled “Welcome to Wrexham” helps as well. The series showcases how Reynolds and McElhenney bought the club and their involvement with the team. It also showcases the history of the club, which dates back over 150 years ago, and their strong local support in Wales.
Wrexham were playing in the National League, the fifth-tier division in English football. Now, they and are up to the EFL League Two, which is the fourth tier. Some of the standouts for the “Red Dragons” include team captain Luke Young and veteran goalkeeper Ben Foster.
Wrexham is coming off a dominant 4-0 win against LA Galaxy II at Dignity Health Sports Park. This will be a monumentally more difficult task even with Manchester United fielding an alternate squad.
Oddly enough, Wrexham’s record attendance in their historic Racecourse Ground came in a match against Manchester United in 1957 in front of 34,445 spectators. This game will surely bring in over 30,000 fans at Snapdragon Stadium. Certainly, this has the potential for record-breaking attendance.
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