Manchester United will be leaving for their preseason US tour in just over a week’s time, departing on Friday July 18. The opening fixture against LA Galaxy will be held on June 23 for the Chevrolet Cup at the Rose Bowl, which will mark the first time United wear their new home strip.
United are then set to take part in the International Champions Cup in a star-studded tournament. The opening fixture will be against AS Roma in Denver on July 23, before facing Roma’s fellow Serie A challengers Inter Milan in Washington D.C. on July 29. The club will then face Champions League winners Real Madrid in Michigan on August 2. If van Gaal’s side advance, they will participate in the final on August 4 in Miami, FL, the concluding fixture of the tour.
New signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera will feature for the first time in United colours, with star players such as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa and David De Gea all set to appear during this spell.
The tour will also mark the first time Louis van Gaal takes charge of the Red Devils, after leading Netherlands to the semi finals in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. If his Dutch side can go on to win the trophy, this can only mean good things for United.
Last season’s tour of Asia and Australia saw Belgian prospect Adnan Januzaj put in a string of impressive performances which led to a regular run in the starting line-up; can another United youngster do the same thing in the upcoming US tour?
When asked about the upcoming set of fixtures, United assistant manager Ryan Giggs had this to say.
“We’re delighted to have such a strong travelling squad for our pre-season tour to the United States. These tours give the squad a great opportunity to not only prepare physically for the season ahead, but to bond as a group – something that is even more significant with the new manager and players coming in.
“United is fortunate to have a great fanbase of really passionate followers in the US and we’re looking forward to going back there. On a personal level, this tour will be the first time that I will be involved in matches as assistant manager and I just can’t wait to get started.”
In the press release, United explain that the match with Real Madrid is expected to result in the record attendance in Michigan for a football match in the US, with the match selling out. Tickets are available for the games in LA, Denver and Washington, which can be purchased at www.manutd.com/Tour2014.
Here is the full list of players set to wear United colours in the US tour.
Anders Lindegaard, David De Gea, Ben Amos, Sam Johnstone;
Rafael da Silva, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans;
Tom Cleverley, Wilfried Zaha, Shinji Kagawa, Michael Carrick, Bebe, Darren Fletcher, Nick Powell, Nani, Juan Mata, Anderson, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young;
Angelo Henriquez, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck
Two exclusions who are in the midst of speculation for a move away from Old Trafford have been omitted, with Patrice Evra and Javier Hernandez set to miss out. On top of this, the club are taking just six natural defenders, though Antonio Valencia could slot in as a right back when needed. Robin van Persie, currently appearing in the World Cup in Brazil, is included.