Football Pre-season

How United’s Pre-season Schedule Shapes Up

There are just two weeks to go until the Manchester United first-team squad returns to the Aon Training Complex on Monday 1 July, to begin preparations for the 2019/20 season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already spoken about his desire to oversee a hard-working training camp this summer, to provide his Reds with a stronger foundation of fitness for the campaign ahead.

The manager is also determined to properly instil his attacking philosophy in the group, after taking charge of the club on a caretaker basis last December before earning the full-time position in March.

Chances to coach the players on the training ground were limited in Solskjaer’s first half-a-season as boss, due to the abundance of fixtures that take place in the second half of a campaign. As such, Ole is excited by the prospect of working with his squad in a much more detailed way this summer.

WHAT’S IN STORE THIS SUMMER?

Due to the various international tournaments and fixtures that have already been played this summer, or are still to be played, such as the UEFA Nations League finals and Copa America competition in Brazil, it has not yet been confirmed which United players will return on 1 July.

Solskjaer’s Reds will work hard at the Aon Training Complex for around a week before flying out to Australia for the start of Tour 2019, presented by Aon. A training camp will be set up in Perth, and the same city will also host United’s beneficial friendlies against Perth Glory on 13 July and Leeds United on 17 July.

After that, the squad will play three fixtures in the International Champions Cup, against Inter Milan in Singapore on 20 July, Tottenham Hotspur in China on 25 July and AC Milan in Wales on 3 August. To buy tickets and find out more about those matches, plus the two games in Australia, visit manutd.com/tour.

In a separate pre-season friendly, Ole will take the team to his homeland of Norway for a meeting with Kristiansund on 30 July.

WHAT A START FOR UNITED

The Premier League fixtures for 2019/20 were released last Thursday morning and, in case you missed it, the Reds were handed a mouth-watering match to begin with: Chelsea at Old Trafford!

Everybody is looking forward to the visit of our rivals from west London, who are currently without a manager after previous boss Maurizio Sarri officially took charge of Juventus at the weekend. The team is also in a period of transition following the sale of star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

United’s second match is away to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who impressively finished seventh on their return to the Premier League last term.

Here’s a reminder of our first six league games as Solskjaer looks to make a positive start to the campaign:

United v Chelsea: Sunday 11 August at 16:30 BST
Wolverhampton Wanderers v United: Saturday 17 August at 15:00 BST*
United v Crystal Palace: Saturday 24 August at 15:00 BST*
Southampton v United: Saturday 31 August at 15:00 BST*
United v Leicester City: Saturday 14 September at 15:00 BST*
West Ham United v United: Saturday 21 September at 15:00 BST*

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