Manchester United winger Ashley Young is looking forward to the clubs pre-season tour of America this coming July and has express how much of an introduction to life as a United player it will be to those that Louis van Gaal signs in this coming transfer window.
Ashley Young signed for Manchester United back in 2011 for £18.5million and his first experience of just how big the club was when they flew out to America to play a host of friendlies including one against FC Barcelona.
Speaking with manutd.com at the start of May, Ashley Young said:
“From the minute we got to every hotel there were fans throughout the day and night screaming and shouting non-stop. And the stadiums were full just for training – it was a fantastic experience
“Tours are great for helping new players settle in – it definitely helped me when I joined. You get to know all the players and it’s great for team-bonding.
“We’ve got a great team spirit here and it doesn’t take too long for players to settle in.Going back to America will be fantastic. I really enjoyed it first time round and I’m looking forward to this year’s tour.”
During the summer of 2014, Manchester United head over to America to play a number of games with their first match against David Beckham’s former side, LA Galaxy. This will be the first match that United will play as part of their seven-year contract with shirt sponsors Chevrolet.
Other matches on the tour will see Louis van Gaal take on AS Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
“[LA] Galaxy are a great outfit and it’ll be another good test for us. Wherever we go on pre-season tours we have tough games and Galaxy are a team in America that have done fantastically well.
“They’ve got a few players who were fantastic in England and are doing well out there. It will be a difficult match but I’m sure it will be an enjoyable one.”
The first match of Manchester United’s pre-season tour in on 23rd July 2014.