Manchester United have arguably more fans than any other club in the world, so it makes sense that they spend their offseasons touring other parts of the world.
The Red Devils went to the United States in the summer of 2017, and they’ll be back in America as they tune-up for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign.
United announced that they will return to the U.S. for the fourth time in five years to play a handful of preseason fixtures.
The Red Devils will kick off the preseason with a match against America of Liga MX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Three games later, United will take on San Jose Earthquakes of MLS at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The California side are not among the favourites to win this season’s MLS Cup, according to the MLS Betting Tips website.
United played against Real Madrid at the same stadium, which is home to the NFL’s San
Francisco 49ers, last summer.
University of Phoenix Stadium is the home stadium of the Arizona Cardinals.
United will subsequently participate in the International Champions Cup once again in July.
While plans for the tournament have not yet been finalized, the squad is expected to play three
games in the United States. Per ESPN FC, one of those will be a match against Premier League
rivals Liverpool at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, which has over 100,000 seats.
United takes these games seriously, and the club’s brass believes that the atmosphere at matches played in the USA helps the players prepare for the season ahead.
Raucous crowds provide a unique atmosphere for a preseason affair, which are obviously factors that could affect the game once the matches count in the season ahead.
United’s Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward, said, “The tour is a central part of the team’s preparation for a long and intense campaign and this is the second consecutive year that we will travel to the U.S. The training facilities are world class and the games will be played in front of passionate crowds, making it an ideal environment for the players to gear up for the new season.”
United previously played a game at Michigan Stadium in 2014 against Real Madrid, a match that drew 109,000 fans. That remains a record for the most fans to attend a soccer match in the United States.
Jose Mourinho’s side is expected to face Madrid again at some point in the U.S. this summer, though no date or venue has yet been announced.
Last summer, United defeated L.A. Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Real Madrid during the United States preseason tour before losing to Barcelona at FedEx Field in Marylandto close things out.
Romelu Lukaku made his United debut at the aforementioned match against Real Salt Lake, where he scored his first goal in a Red Devils shirt.
Woodward added, “The club, manager and team always receive a great welcome when visiting America, with our millions of U.S. fans always keen to get closer to Manchester United.”
As for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp’s men will reportedly face Manchester City at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey at some point, with another game in Nashville, Tennessee, against an unknown opponent.
World Soccer Talk reports that in addition to the fixture against Liverpool, City will also face Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund in Chicago on July 25. For those unable to watch the games could always follow the live football scores online.