Manchester United announce pre-season tour of United States of America

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United have announced they will be returning to the United States for the second consecutive year for their pre-season tour.

Louis van Gaal’s side will once again take part in the International Champions Cup along with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, L.A. Galaxy, Barcelona, Porto and Fiorentina.

The tournament will fall over a two-week period between 11 July and 5 August but United stopped short of detailing their specific fixture dates, venues and ticket details. They will be announced in the coming weeks.

Last summer’s tour of the States saw a record-breaking 109,318 fans pack into the Big House in Michigan to watch the team play.

Speaking about the tour, Richard Arnold, Manchester United group managing director, said: “The club is delighted to be returning to the United States for Tour 2015, presented by Aon. Manchester United made history in its last visit to the United States by breaking the country’s soccer attendance record and the huge level of support for the club was evident in every city we visited.

“This summer’s tour is the latest in a long line of visits to the US; a tradition that began some 65 years ago under the guidance of the great Sir Matt Busby. This tour will not only provide the team with first-rate preparation for the season ahead, it will also allow many of United’s eight million US followers to get closer to the club they love.”

Louis van Gaal has reportedly insisted that United be based for two weeks in the States rather than last year’s three so they can fully prepare for the season ahead.

The Dutchman also wants the team to stick by the west coast of the country as the weather is said to be far more predictable. After United’s slow start to this campaign, such stipulations will be necessary if they want to hit the ground running next term.

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