For the second year in succession United visit the United States for a pre-season tour. Last summer and on several occasions since Louis van Gaal has expressed his concern about the disruption to the pre-season preparations resulting from last season’s tour schedule and the quantity of travelling required whilst away. As a consequence this year at his request the amount of travelling has been greatly reduced with United based at just two training camps and playing only four games over a period of thirteen games.
Van Gaal will be looking to use the time in those two camps to do plenty of preparation works to ensure that this season the side “hits the ground running” for the new campaign. He has selected a squad of 26 to go on the tour comprising a mixture of established players, newcomers to the club and aspiring youngsters.
Van Gaal has outlined his intention to give all players some match time so the tour will be a first chance for United fans to see Depay, Darmian, Schweinsteiger and Sneiderlin in action.
The full squad is:
Tyler Blackett, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Matteo Darmian, David De Gea, Memphis Depay, Jonny Evans, Marouane Fellaini, Sean Goss, Ander Herrera, Adnan Januzaj, Sam Johnstone, Phil Jones, Anders Lindegaard, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Paddy McNair, Andreas Pereira, Wayne Rooney, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, James Wilson and Ashley Young.
The four tour matches are:
United vs Club America, CenturyLink Field, Seattle
18 July 2015. KO 4:00 BST/17 July 2015 20:00 local time
United vs San Jose Earthquake, Avaya Stadium, San Jose
22 July 2015 KO 4:00 BST/21 July 20:00 local time
United vs FCBarcelona, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
25 July 2015 KO 21:00 BST/25 July 13:00 local time
United vs Paris Saint-Germain, Soliders Field, Chicago
30 July 2015 KO 2:00 BST/29 July 20:00 local time