The preparations for the 2019/20 season are gathering pace at Manchester United.
With the players returning to training and our pre-season tour just around the corner, there’s plenty for Reds fans to look forward to this month…
July 1: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad are back at the Aon Training Complex and, although the players will have been maintaining their fitness throughout the break, this is when the work begins in earnest. Five or six days of graft in Manchester will precede the Reds’ flight to Perth in Australia.
July 3: It’s exactly a year to the day since Lee Grant joined the Reds.
July 4: Alexis Sanchez will be involved in a Copa America semi-final as Chile take on Peru (kick-off 01:30 BST); hosts Brazil meet Argentina in the other last-four tie the day before.
July 7: Solskjaer’s men will embark on Tour 2019 by flying out of Manchester Airport. Also, the finals of the Women’s World Cup (kick-off 16:00 BST) and Copa America (kick-off 21:00 BST) will be played.
July 9: Ashley Young to celebrates his 34th birthday, while Brazilian twins and former Reds duo Rafael and Fabio da Silva turn 29.
July 10: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hold his first press conference of pre-season, ahead of the Perth Glory game. And it also marks two years to the day since Romelu Lukaku completed his transfer from Everton.
July 12: Luke Shaw will turn 24years of age, on the eve of Mancheser United first pre-season outing.
July 13: The Reds return to action for the first time since May, with a game against Perth Glory in Australia. Kick-off at the Optus Stadium will be at 12:00 BST (19:00 local time).
July 17: Manchester United will continue pre-season fixtures with a friendly against historic rivals Leeds United, at the same venue where they faced Perth Glory. Kick-off at the Optus Stadium will be at 12:00 BST (19:00 local time). Meanwhile, Manchester United Swedish defender Victor Lindelof will celebrate his 25th birthday.
July 20: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kicks off the International Champions Cup campaign against Italian giants Inter Milan in Singapore. Kick-off at the National Stadium will be at 12:30 BST (19:30 local time).
July 25: Manchester United second match of the International Champions Cup is against Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai (kick-off 12:30 BST, 19:30 local time).
July 28: Former player and current first-team coach Michael Carrick will celebrate his 38th birthday.
July 30: The Reds travel to Ole’s native Norway to face his hometown club Kristiansund in a friendly at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo (kick-off 19:00 BST).
July 31: This day marks the second anniversary of Nemanja Matic’s arrival from Chelsea and the date on which Carrick arrived from Tottenham back in 2006.
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