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The complete guide to Manchester United’s pre-season tour in the United States

Without Manchester United playing football, this last month has been dreadfully boring, but luckily enough, football is back! On Sunday, United will travel to Los Angeles to start a pre-season tour where Jose Mourinho will be able to experiment with formations, players, and tactics as international fans can see their idols in person.

While Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United flattered to deceive during pre-season tours, and Jose Mourinho’s United had a poor pre-season last summer due to weather problems in China, this year, we’re expecting to see a campaign of youth promotion, new signings making their debuts, and potentially exciting football for the season ahead.  Here is a complete preview of United’s pre-season tour in the United States, as United will play a series of high-profile fixtures in the US before flying back for a few more local friendlies to fully prepare for the Super Cup against Real Madrid.

Schedule

Date (Local/BST) Opponent Location Kickoff (Local/BST)
July 15/16 LA Galaxy Stub Hub Center, Carson, California 19:00/03:00
July 17/18 Real Salt Lake Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah 20:00/03:00
July 20/21 Manchester City NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas 21:00/03:00
July 23 Real Madrid Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California 14:00/22:00
July 26/27 Barcelona FedEx Field, Hyattsville, Maryland 19:30/00:30

United fans will be treated to a great pre-season tour in the US this summer, participating in this summer’s edition of the International Champions Cup. First, the Red Devils will begin their tour against two MLS teams; LA Galaxy, where Ashley Cole is likely to line up against the Red Devils for the third team in his career, and Real Salt Lake. This will be followed by the first overseas Manchester Derby after last year’s match in China was cancelled due to inclement weather. United will then take on the El Clasico clubs, including Real Madrid, in preparation for the UEFA Super Cup, and Barcelona.

Predicted Squad

United will be expected to combine a variety of youth players with the current squad, which should feature new signings Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, and hopefully eventually a few more signings will unite with the squad over the course of the tour. Mourinho has filled every squad registration thus far at Manchester United, meaning that gaps in the squad of forty could be indicative of the number of further additions Jose Mourinho expects before the season begins.

Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira, Sam Johnstone, Kieran O’Hara, Dean Henderson

Defenders: Antonio Valencia, Guillermo Varela, Ashley Young, Joe Riley, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian, Demetri Mitchell, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Midfielders: Axel Tuanzebe, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Matty Willock, Angel Gomes, Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Forwards: Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, James Wilson, Zak Dearnley

Players to Watch

Joel Pereira: The goalkeeper impressed out on loan and on his United debut. Mourinho clearly believes in the youngster, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him in action again.

Victor Lindelof: United’s new defender is expected to be very good on the ball, and while pre-season doesn’t test defenders, Lindelof’s ability to move the ball could be previewed this summer.

Andreas Pereira: The star of United’s last pre-season will be in action again, fighting for his place in United’s setup next season. Odds are, he will be, but he’d do himself no harm by impressing and he knows that.

Angel Gomes: He didn’t receive a full chance against Crystal Palace, but in a likely less physical pre-season, he could be set to feature more this summer. With his technical ability, a less physical game could really allow him to shine.

Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson: Januzaj, who struggled at Sunderland, will be looking to recapture the form that saw him flatter his viewers in his debut season. Wilson, who struggled with injuries on two loans in the Championship, will be looking to score goals the way he did at youth level and on his debut. Both players could be fighting for their United futures.

Romelu Lukaku: The prolific scorer promises to be the transfer of the summer, and he looks ready to score some goals. Hopefully, we’ll see the same during pre-season, as, if he can replicate his form from last season, he’ll be an unbelievable striker for a team that offers more going forward than Everton.

Written by Aaron Moniz

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