Jose Mourinho’s men headed to the United States as part of their preparations for the season, with games against teams from Europe, MLS and Mexico

Manchester United fans had a chance to see how the Red Devils were shaping up for the 2018-19 campaign on their pre-season tour.

The 2018 tour, which saw them return to the United States for a second year in succession, involved a number of friendly matches as well as International Champions Cup games and Jose Mourinho was not particularly happy with the preparations.

United stars who competed in the 2018 World Cup were missing for the bulk of the preparations, meaning a threadbare squad including a host of academy players was used.

This is your complete guide to United’s 2018-19 pre-season and Premier League fixtures, with dates, venues and all you need to know about the Red Devils’ preparations.

Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue
Jul 20 Club America 1-1 Man Utd 3am / 7pm University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Jul 22 San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 Man Utd 10pm / 5pm Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
Jul 25 Man Utd 1-1 (9-8 pens.) AC Milan 4am / 11pm Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Jul 28 Liverpool 4-1 Man Utd 10pm / 5pm Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
Jul 31 Real Madrid 1-2 Man Utd 1am / 8pm Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens
Aug 5 Bayern Munich 1-0 Man Utd 2:15pm / 9:15am Allianz Arena, Munich

Man United got their 2018 pre-season tour under way on July 20, a week after the conclusion of the World Cup, with a 1-1 draw against Liga MX side Club America at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Juan Mata equalised for the Premier League side after a Henry Martin opener.

From there, the Red Devils made a 700-mile journey northwest to Santa Clara, California, where they drew 0-0 with Major League Soccer outfit San Jose Earthquakes, which saw Alexis Sanchez’s return.

United then kicked off their International Champions Cup commitments with a 9-8 win in penalties against Serie A giants AC Milan following a 1-1 draw in regular time.

Rivals Liverpool gave them a tough time in a derby clash, with the Reds taking a 4-1 win, but Mourinho’s side rebounded well to take a 2-1 win over Real Madrid at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida.

With no Community Shield or Super Cup games to play this coming season, there was room for one final pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich, with the Germans taking a 1-0 win. 

Squad number Position Player
1 GK David de Gea
2 DF Victor Lindelof
3 DF Eric Bailly
4 DF Phil Jones
6 MF Paul Pogba
7 FW Alexis Sanchez
8 MF Juan Mata
9 FW Romelu Lukaku
10 FW Marcus Rashford
11 FW Anthony Martial
12 DF Chris Smalling
13 GK Lee Grant
14 MF Jesse Lingard
15 MF Andreas Pereira
16 DF Marcos Rojo
17 MF Fred
18 DF Ashley Young
20 DF Diogo Dalot
21 MF Ander Herrera
22 GK Sergio Romero
23 DF Luke Shaw
24 DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah
25 DF Antonio Valencia
27 MF Marouane Fellaini
31 MF Nemanja Matic
36 DF Matteo Darmian
39 MF Scott McTominay

Mourinho will be keen to prevent defending champions Manchester City from clinching a successive league title, but must do so with much the same squad.

Diogo Dalot, Lee Grant and Fred were the extent of the Red Devils’ incomings as the club were left wanting on deadline day, thanks to failed pursuit of Diego Godin, among others.

Additionally, defender Daley Blind left to return to Ajax after four years at Old Trafford for a €20 million (£17m/$23m) fee.

Transfer activity in

Position Player Transferred from Fee Date
DF Diogo Dalot Porto £19m June 6
MF Fred Shakhtar Donetsk £47m June 21
GK Lee Grant Stoke City £1.5m July 3

Transfer activity out

Position Player Transferred to Fee Date
MF Michael Carrick Retired N/A June 30
GK Dean Henderson Sheffield United Loan July 1
GK Sam Johnstone West Brom £6.5m July 3
DF Daley Blind Ajax €20m July 17
MF Matty Willock St Mirren Loan July 27
DF Cameron Bothwick-Jackson Scunthorpe United Loan July 28
DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah Fulham Loan August 9


The 2018-19 Premier League season is due to get started on August 11 and the full fixture list was revealed on June 14.

United kick off their campaign at home against Leicester City at Old Trafford before facing Brighton away the following week. The Red Devils then host Tottenham, with away matches against Burnley and Watford completing their opening five games.

Mourinho’s men travel to the Etihad Stadium for the first Manchester derby of the season, which takes place on November 10. The following month they meet Arsenal at home and Liverpool away, on December 4 and 15 respectively.

You can see the full fixture list below.

Date Time Match
10/08/2018 20:00 Manchester United v Leicester City
19/08/2018 16:00 Brighton v Manchester United
27/08/2018 20:00 Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
01/09/2018 15:00 Burnley v Manchester United
15/09/2018 17:30 Watford v Manchester United
22/09/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Wolverhampton
29/09/2018 12:30 West Ham United v Manchester United
06/10/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Newcastle United
20/10/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester United
27/10/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Everton
03/11/2018 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth v Manchester United
10/11/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Manchester United
24/11/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Crystal Palace
01/12/2018 15:00 Southampton v Manchester United
04/12/2018 20:00 Manchester United v Arsenal
08/12/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Fulham
15/12/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Manchester United
22/12/2018 15:00 Cardiff City v Manchester United
26/12/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Huddersfield Town
29/12/2018 15:00 Manchester United v A.F.C. Bournemouth
01/01/2019 15:00 Newcastle United v Manchester United
12/01/2019 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
19/01/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Brighton
29/01/2019 20:00 Manchester United v Burnley
02/02/2019 15:00 Leicester City v Manchester United
09/02/2019 15:00 Fulham v Manchester United
23/02/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Liverpool
26/02/2019 20:00 Crystal Palace v Manchester United
02/03/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Southampton
09/03/2019 15:00 Arsenal v Manchester United
16/03/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Manchester City
30/03/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Watford
06/04/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Manchester United
13/04/2019 15:00 Manchester United v West Ham United
20/04/2019 15:00 Everton v Manchester United
27/04/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Chelsea
04/05/2019 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Manchester United
12/05/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Cardiff City

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