Jose Mourinho’s side face a busy travel schedule as they tour the United States and Europe ahead of the UEFA Super Cup and the EPL season.
This has become customary for clubs of their size, the Red Devils will head abroad this summer to visit fans around the world as they prepare for the 2017-18 season.
The bulk of United tour will be based in the United States, where they will meet a couple of MLS opponents before moving on to some big rivals from England and Spain, before two top-up fixtures in Europe.
With Victor Lindelof already signed and the likes of Alvaro Morata and Nemanja Matic being linked with a move to Old Trafford, pre-season is proving to be decidedly more interesting than usual for United fans looking forward to getting a first touch of the new boys.
MAN UTD PRE-SEASON FIXTURES
|Date||Opponent||Time (local /BST)||Venue|
|Jul 15||LA Galaxy||19:00 / 03:00||StubHub Center, Carson|
|Jul 17||Real Salt Lake||20:00 / 03:00||Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy|
|Jul 20||Man City*||20:30 / 02:30||NRG Stadium, Houston|
|Jul 23||Real Madrid*||14:00 / 22:00||Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara|
|Jul 26||Barcelona*||19:30 / 00:30||FedEx Field, Landover|
|Jul 30||Valerenga||19:00 / 18:00||Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo|
|Aug 2||Sampdoria||19:45 / 19:45||Aviva Stadium, Dublin|
Here is your complete guide to fixtures awaiting the Old Trafford club in three different players countries before they return to England for the new season.
After the players return on July 8, Jose Mourinho will spend the first week of pre-season attempting to get closer to finalizing his squad before selecting the group that travels to the USA. In addition to the arrivals and exit in transfer markets, some of the club’s youth players will get the chance to be field with the first team.
They will hear to California first, taking on the LA Galaxy on July 15 in Carson, just to the south of Los Angeles, before they fly for a couple of hours to Salt Lake City in Utah, where they will face Real Salt Lake on July 17 in nearby Sandy.
It is worth nothing that due to time difference, the games will actually begin in the early hours of July 16 and 18 respectively in the UK.
Once those warm-up games are played, the international Champions Cup begins. The three matches the Red Devils play in that competition are marked with an asterisk * in the fixture list above.
Those games will see Mourinho’s men endure even more travel in a short period of time. From Salt Lake City, the Europa League winner will take a three-hour flight down to Houston, Texas, where they will face Manchester City on July 20. (July 21 in the UK).
Then it’s four hours back out to California – Santa Clara, near San Francisco, this time – to face Real Madrid on July 23 before a five-hour flight to Washington D.C. for their last ICC clash against Barcelona in nearby Landover on July 26 (July 27 in the UK).
Aside from two matches against MLS clubs, United’s games in the States will be played in massive NFL stadiums and should attract massive crowds. NRG Stadium holds around 72,000 fans, Levi’s Stadium accommodates 68,500 and FedEx Field is the biggest with capacity of 82,000.
There is little chance for a break that: United are then over to Oslo in Norway to take on Valerenga on July 30, though whether the full squad travels for that game remains to be seen.
It is more likely that all of the stars will be out closer to home in Dublin, Ireland for United’s final friendly against Sampdoria at the Aviva Stadium.
United will get the chance to sharpen up in a more competitive environment before the Premier League begins through their participation in the UEFA Super Cup, which they qualified for by virtue of winning the Europa League.
That match will take place in Macedonia on August 8, with Champions League winners Real Madrid the opposition.
That will mean more of the travelling United have become used to of late; Philip II Arena in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, is nearly six hours away from Manchester by plane.
August 8 is a Tuesday, meaning United will have to fly back overnight and rest up on Wednesday before returning to their preparations for the Premier League.
Their first league match of the season is scheduled for Sunday, August 13 against West Ham. It is the final match of the opening weekend, giving United some extra time to recover after the Super Cup and also allowing the game to be televised.