MANCHESTER UNITED are set to face Wrexham in a secret pre-season friendly this week.
The Red Devils already have clashes with Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano scheduled for this weekend.
Manchester United will take on Wrexham in an extra pre-season friendlyCredit: The Mega Agency
Wrexham are owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenneyCredit: Reuters
But the Manchester Evening News report Erik ten Hag wanted to get an extra game in before the new season starts.
It was initially supposed to be primarily for youth players to get some minutes under their belt against the National League side owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.
However, it is understood the Dutchman is keen to take a look at some senior stars who will be desperate to make their mark and force their way into contention.
Christian Eriksen is likely to feature because he has not played in a United shirt yet.
He signed as a free agent this month but did not join the club’s pre-season tour in Asia and Australia – which included wins over Liverpool and Crystal Palace – but is now in Manchester.
And Cristiano Ronaldo could also appear in the behind-closed-doors friendly.
The Portuguese star returned to Manchester last night after missing the tour due to “family reasons”.
He touched down in his private jet and was expected back at Carrington this morning.
However, rather than be raring to get his boots on and taking on Wrexham, SunSport understands he will demand he is allowed to quit the club immediately.
United have insisted over recent weeks that he is not for sale while Ten Hag has also maintained that the striker is a key part of his plans.
Ronaldo has NEVER played in the Europa League in his glittering career and has no intention to start now.
He still has one year left to run on his Old Trafford contract, with the option of an extra 12 months – taking him through to the age of 39.