For some of Manchester United's players, the US Tour will act as a daunting two-week audition to impress new manager Louis van Gaal. Failure to showcase their respective credentials in front of the veteran Dutch coach is likely result in them being moved out of Old Trafford before the summer transfer window closes on September 2.
Van Gaal spoke of the importance of the US Tour during his opening press conference last week and it's clear that a handful of the club's players will be fighting for their futures over the next fortnight - starting on Wednesday night, when the Red Devils go head-to-head with LA Galaxy.
United face four tough matches
Manchester United's players will be competing for the Chevrolet Cup against David Beckham's former employers this week in what looks to be the easiest of the Red Devils' four friendly matches on the US Tour.
Two days later, in the International Champions Cup, they take on Italian giants AS Roma. Four days after that they meet another legendary Serie A side: Inter Milan.
Then, on August 2, it's time for United's showpiece pre-season friendly against European champions Real Madrid.
Watch: Van Gaal talk about US Tour in opening press conference
Van Gaal looking for players who fit into his system
That Van Gaal likes his players to play a certain style of football in a specific system is no secret. On the US Tour, against the aforementioned top quality opponents, the 62-year-old will want to see evidence that his new players are listening closely to his instructions and carrying out their respective jobs out on the pitch.
Paying close attention to detail will be crucial for any of those players on Van Gaal's potential axe-list hoping to avoid the chop.
We've listed five players who must impress the new Manchester United manager to avoid following Alexander Buttner and Patrice Evra out of Old Trafford this summer.
Find out who these five players are by clicking the 'begin slideshow' button below - and don't forget to leave a comment.
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