Manchester United are set to announce their second successive pre-season tour of the USA after the roaring success of their appearance in the International Champions Cup last year, reports the Evening Standard.
Their participation in the tournament is expected to be announced on Wednesday but it is believed it will be on a smaller scale this time around. That means Manchester United's tour will last for two weeks rather than three.
Louis van Gaal will be delighted with that. He made it perfectly clear that he was unhappy with Manchester United's hectic schedule on the US.
The Red Devils played five games in the space of two weeks in different parts of the country. It was hugely successful from a promotion stand point but may not have been the best for their season.
Manchester United failed to register a win in their first four competitive games, including a 2-1 defeat to Swansea City at Old Trafford and an embarrassing 4-0 loss to League One side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.
Van Gaal told reporters in July: “We have to prepare for the season and when you have a lot of commercial activities also for the players, and you have to travel distances, you have to fly a lot, you have also jet lag, and that is not very positive for a good preparation.
"But the tour was already arranged (before I became manager) so I have to adapt and I shall adapt."
But there is no denying that the tour was a success. Manchester United won the trophy, beating Real Madrid 3-1 in the final in front of an astonishing crowd of more than 109,000 people.
Real Madrid are believed to have turned down the chance to return to the tournament. They will, however, be travelling to Australia to take part in a similar tournament alongside Manchester City.
Pre-season tours are a nightmare for managers, but seemingly crucial to the success of the club as a business. Had Manchester United had a less hectic pre-season tour then they may have started their season better and could have a much better chance of winning the Premier League title.
That would surely be better for business than any pre-season tour.
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