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.
|1||GK||David de Gea|
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
|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
|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.
|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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