YOUR GUIDE TO UNITED’S PRE-SEASON
Manchester United have an exciting and important period in store before returning to Premier League action at home to West Ham United on Sunday 13 August.
As well as seven matches to play during Tour 2017, presented by Aon, the Reds have the chance to win yet more silverware in the shape of the UEFA Super Cup. Every tour match will be shown live on MUTV.
Here is our guide to the key dates and opposition awaiting Jose Mourinho’s men this summer…
TOUR 2017, PRESENTED BY AON
15 JULY 19:00 LOCAL TIME – LA Galaxy v UNITED, StubHub Center
(16 JULY 03:00 BST)
The Reds kick off Tour 2017, presented by Aon, against LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles, where we will be looking for a repeat of the 7-0 victory over the MLS side during our last meeting in July 2014. Almost 90,000 fans turned out to see United in action that night at the Rose Bowl, and Mourinho’s side will hope to get off to the perfect start once again.
17 JULY 20:00 LOCAL TIME – Real Salt Lake v UNITED, Rio Tinto Stadium
(18 JULY 03:00 BST)
Two days later, United make a first-ever trip to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake at the 20,000 capacity Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. RSL were only founded 13 years ago and will undoubtedly relish the occasion, having faced Real Madrid, Everton and Inter Milan in recent years.
20 JULY 21:00 LOCAL TIME – UNITED v Manchester City, NRG Stadium
(21 JULY 03:00 BST)
Then, the Reds face a familiar foe on unfamiliar territory, in the first-ever Manchester derby to be played outside of the UK. The game at the NRG Stadium in Houston will be United’s first in this year’s International Champions Cup – a competition United won back in 2014 – and it will be a great chance for the players to gauge their pre-season progress against Premier League opposition.
23 JULY 14:00 LOCAL TIME – UNITED v Real Madrid, Levi’s Stadium
(23 JULY 22:00 BST)
The big games continue to come thick and fast, as Mourinho’s men make the four-hour flight back to California to take on Spanish and European champions Real Madrid, who we last faced in front of over 109,000 fans during Tour 2014. Our latest meeting will be held at the 68,000-seater Levi’s Stadium, home of NFL team San Francisco 49ers, and is sure to be a highlight of this summer’s trip.
26 JULY 19:30 LOCAL TIME – UNITED v FC Barcelona, FedEx Field
(27 JULY 00:30 BST)
Next up, following another flight across the country, the Reds take on La Liga giants Barcelona in Landover, Maryland. The final match in the States is also expected to draw the biggest crowd, with FedEx Field capable of holding up to 82,000 spectators. The sides last met during pre-season two years ago, with United running out 3-1 winners.
30 JULY 19:00 LOCAL TIME – Valerenga IF v UNITED, Ullevaal Stadium
(30 JULY 18:00 BST)
Four days later, it’s back to Europe for our penultimate pre-season tour game, against Norwegian side Valerenga at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. This meeting will be the first between the sides for almost exactly five years, following a goalless draw during pre-season in 2012, as well as an important one for the club’s well-established fanbase in Scandinavia.
2 AUGUST 19:45 LOCAL TIME – UNITED v UC Sampdoria, Aviva Stadium
(2 AUGUST 19:45 BST)
The seventh and final game of Tour 2017 sees Mourinho and United up against Sampdoria at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, just 10 days before the start of the new Premier League campaign. It’s set to be a special occasion for Reds goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who played for the Italian side between 2011 and 2015.
UEFA SUPER CUP
8 AUGUST 20:45 LOCAL TIME – Real Madrid v UNITED, Philip II Arena
(8 AUGUST 19:45 BST)
There’s room for one more date in our pre-season diary. United will travel to Skopje, Macedonia on 8 August for a second encounter in as many weeks with Real Madrid, this time to compete for the UEFA Super Cup. It’s the annual clash between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League, with Real booking their place by beating Juventus 4-1 in the final at the start of June.
Then, of course, it’s back to business