The Red Devils will be able to call on nearly their entire squad as their manager prepares for his first full season in charge
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will be taking an almost full strength squad to Asia for the club’s upcoming pre-season tour – but it remains to be seen whether Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku will travel with their futures in doubt.
The Red Devils are not heavily affected by Copa America and the African Cup of Nations – with only Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez on national team duty – and will be able to take a full complement of players to Australia for the first leg of their tour.
“Summer has been kind to us in that respect – so we’ll travel to Perth with the full first team squad,” Solskjaer said via the club’s Facebook page.
“Everyone should be available to be picked – hopefully they’re fit when they come back – so the first team is going to be there.”
Solskjaer didn’t elaborate on the availability of transfer-linked stars Pogba and Lukaku, who have been rumoured to be leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid and Inter respectively.
United will begin their pre-season against Australian A-League premiers Perth Glory on July 13 at Optus Stadium before taking on Leeds United at the same venue four days later.
The Norwegian boss believes the match versus Perth will be a chance to compare the Premier League and A-League, while a contest against arch-rivals Leeds is one that he remembers fondly in the past.
“To play against (A-League premiers) Perth Glory is always a good reference point on how the leagues compare,” Solskjaer said.
“Games against Leeds United have always been huge for us. I’ve played in quite a few – both on-and-off the pitch there is some rivalry.
Following the two matches Down Under, the Red Devils face Inter in Singapore on July 20 before wrapping up their tour against Tottenham in Shanghai on July 25.