Wayne Rooney will miss the friendly against AIK. (Photo: Reuters)
Wayne Rooney will miss the friendly against AIK.reuters


Manchester United travels to Sweden to take on AIK Fotboll on Tuesday, August 6, in the last match of their 2013 pre-season tour. The United team have traveled to Japan, Australia, Thailand and China before finishing up in Scandinavia. The results have been mixed for United manager David Moyes. Taking charge of his first pre-season as manager of the club, Moyer has overseen two wins, two draws and one loss. His team enters the game as heavy favourites but could easily be upset by an AIK side in good form.

The home side is unbeaten in their last ten fixtures. Their home form, however, has not been great. Andreas Alm's team has won only four of their last nine games at home. AIK are in the midst of their domestic season. They are currently placed third in the Swedish league having come fourth last season.

Team News

The headlines before kick-off have centered on supposedly unhappy United striker Wayne Rooney. The England international is rumoured to be on his way out of Old Trafford, with Chelsea the likely destination. Having pulled out of United's pre-season tour of Asia with a hamstring problem, Rooney was expected to play against AIK. Rooney played 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Real Betis at United's training ground on Saturday and is believed to have injured his shoulder during the game.

"Wayne hurt his shoulder in a fall during a match on Saturday," David Moyes told Manchester United's official website. "It's not too serious and I don't expect it to keep him out for too long. I'm disappointed he's missing the game because we were keen to get him back involved and ready to play."

Considering that Rooney has yet to play a minute for his club in pre-season and that both injuries occurred immediately prior to him being expected to take the field, questions of whether his future is in Manchester have begun to resurface.

On the bright side for Moyes, captain Nemanja Vidic returns after injury trouble. Moyes would hope that the presence of the Serbia international will reduce the goals conceded in pre-season

AIK are expected to rest many of their first-team players as they take on title rivals Malmo FF on Saturday. The Stockholm fans will hope Nigerian striker Kennedy Igboananike gets some playing time. Igboananike has AIK's most dangerous player this season scoring nine goals from 18 appearances.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is at 11 pm IST and live coverage is available through pay-per-view on Manchester United's official website.