NEW YORK, NY (July 7, 2014) – Manchester United today announced initial details of the travelling squad for its participation in the 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup. The squad will also take part in its July 24match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California against the LA Galaxy.
The squad will depart for the pre-season tour of the United States on Friday 18th July with many new faces joining the team for the first time.
Fresh from his exploits at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, new manager Louis van Gaal will be part of the full tour with his first match in charge of United taking place against LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday 23rd July.
Many of United’s World Cup players will also be in attendance for the duration of the tour including Wayne Rooney (England), David De Gea (Spain), Shinji Kagawa (Japan) and Juan Mata (Spain).
As well as the return of familiar faces, new signings Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw will also be part of the travelling squad to make their Manchester United debuts.
After the opening match against LA Galaxy, United will open the International Champions Cup facing AS Roma at Sports Authority Field in Denver on Saturday, July 27, Inter Milan at Fed Ex Field in Washington DC on Tuesday, July 29 and Real Madrid at the University of Michigan on Saturday, August 2. If United make the final of the competition, the club’s pre-season in the United States will conclude with the final at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on Monday, August 4.
While the match in Michigan, which is set to break a United States soccer record for attendance, is sold out, tickets for the remaining matches featuring Manchester United can be purchased at http://Internationalchampionscup.com
Fans interested in the club’s match against the LA Galaxy can purchase tickets at http://www.lagalaxy.com/manutd
Assistant Manager, Ryan Giggs, said: “We’re delighted to have such a strong travelling squad for our pre-season tour to the United States. These tours give the squad a great opportunity to not only prepare physically for the season ahead, but to bond as a group – something that is even more significant with the new manager and players coming in.
“United is fortunate to have a great fan base of really passionate followers in the US and we’re looking forward to going back there. On a personal level, this tour will be the first time that I will be involved in matches as assistant manager and I just can’t wait to get started.”