Manchester United’s pre-season fixtures will take on added significance this summer as the club bids to put a dismal 2018/19 campaign firmly behind them.
United ended last season sixth in the Premier League, 32 points behind local rivals Manchester City and without a trophy to their name.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a huge job to drive the club back into the upper echelons of English football, while success in Europe also looks a distant dream right now.
United’s fall from grace in recent years is demonstrated perfectly by their odds of around 20/1 to win next season’s Premier League.
There will be plenty of fans willing to use sport bonus offers to back City at odds of 8/13 to win their third successive title, highlighting the size of the task facing Solskjaer over the coming months.
The Norwegian has made it clear that he wants United’s transfer business to be completed by the time his players return for training on July 1.
Matthijs de Ligt, Jadon Sancho, Daniel James and Antoine Griezmann are amongst a plethora of players who have been linked with a move to Old Trafford and Solskjaer will be keen to see some of those names in his squad when they set off on their pre-season tour.
United face six matches this summer as they build-up to the new campaign, with fixtures scheduled in Oceania, Asia and Europe between July 13 and August 3.
Solskjaer’s side kick things off with two fixtures in five days in Australia against Perth Glory and Leeds United.
The Red Devils step things up on July 20 with their first fixture in this year’s International Champions Cup (ICC) against Inter Milan at the National Stadium in Singapore.
United then fly to Shanghai for their second ICC game against Tottenham Hotspur. The fixture will undoubtedly generate plenty of betting interest, with both sides eager to make a statement ahead of the new season.
With Spurs priced as low as 12/1 to win the 2019/20 Premier League title, the game is an ideal opportunity for United to prove their current odds are an insult for a club of their stature.
The trip to Asia will be followed by a visit to Norway for a friendly game against Kristiansund, before United round off their pre-season preparations with their final ICC fixture against AC Milan at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on August 3.
Manchester United pre-season schedule
- July 13 – Perth Glory – Optus Stadium, Perth
- July 17 – Leeds United – Optus Stadium, Perth
- July 20 – Inter Milan – National Stadium, Singapore
- July 25 – Tottenham Hotspur – Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai
- July 30 – Kristiansund – Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo
- August 3 – AC Milan – Principality Stadium, Cardiff
The 2019/20 Premier League fixtures will be released on Thursday, June 13, and United will hope to hit the ground running when the action gets underway on Saturday, August 10.