Manchester United include extra game in pre-season tour

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The Red Devils will head to San Francisco to face the MLS outfit on July 21st as part of their part of their pre-season tour in preparation for next season. They are also scheduled to play against Mexico's Club America in Seattle four days earlier on Friday 17 July.

Manchester United are once again entering the International Champions Cup where they will face stern pre-season opposition with clashes against Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. 

United will face Barca in the showpiece game of the tour on 25 July in California, before rounding things off in Chicago against PSG on the 29th. United will be looking to defend their position as champions of the tournament, which they won last summer.

The latest game was announced by United's group managing director, Richard Arnold: "Manchester United teams have been visiting San Francisco since the 1960s, so we are delighted to be coming back for the fourth time this summer."

"San Jose Earthquakes and Manchester United share a special connection with the great George Best playing for both sides during his illustrious career.

"I’m sure the Earthquakes will provide fitting opposition for the players when the teams meet for the first time this summer."


It seems after tickets for their match against Barcelona sold out so quickly, management saw an opportunity to create more revenue by scheduling an extra game during their time in America.

The news will not be welcomed by Dutch boss Louis Van Gaal, who has said last summer’s pre-season tour of America is a prime factor in Manchester United trailing Chelsea in the Premier League. During last year's tour of America Van Gaal stated his unhappiness with it's planning from the beginning, which featured games in Los Angeles, Denver, Washington DC, Ann Arbour and Miami, and the manager now believes the schedule cost United valuable ground on Chelsea.


“We have started very badly this year. When you cut out the start we shall equal Chelsea but we have to start better."

His team failed to win the opening three matches of the campaign after the pre-season tour last year and after 10 matches United had only 13 points, their poorest return since the 1986-7 season under Ron Atkinson. Prior to the announcement of this additional match in San Francisco Van Gaal was cautious yet content about this years pre-season set up:

"When I previewed our preparation now it looks better but we have to see of course. Then we have to make the balance in our selection better and then we have to perform better than this year.”

The news will come as an annoyance to the manager, who is trying to limit the number of games and travel around America during the pre-season this summer. 

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