Manchester United hold first session in California as Jose Mourinho's men step up pre-season preparations

Manchester United will play five friendly matches during their time Stateside The first encounter is on July 20, when they play against Club America Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial are battling for their futures at United

17 July 2018 - 10:53

Manchester United have held their first training session in Los Angeles as Jose Mourinho's men ramp up their preparations for the new season.

United's squad gathered at the University of California as Mourinho watched over his players. 

The squad flew out to the United States late on Sunday and their first pre-season match is on Friday, against Club America at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale.

Jose Mourinho watches his Manchester United players during training in California


Pre-season gives Luke Shaw a chance to stake a first-team claim
Fosu-Mensah is back at United after spending last season on loan at Crystal Palace

Pre-season gives Luke Shaw and Timothu Fosu-Mensah chances to impress Mourinho 


Anthony Martial is training with United but has been linked with a move away from the club

Anthony Martial is training with United but has been linked with a move away from the club


Martial could feature in United's first pre-season friendly against Club America on Friday

Martial could feature in United's first pre-season friendly against Club America on Friday

The tour provides an opportunity for players such as Luke Shaw to lay down an early marker for a heightened role at United in 2018-19 under Mourinho.

Shaw only played 19 times for United last season and has often come in for criticism by United boss Mourinho.

He has one year remaining on his Old Trafford contract and with Ashley Young on a break after England's World Cup run, has an opening to stake a claim.

The same applies to Anthony Martial, whose form last season saw him miss out on a place with World Cup winners France for the tournament in Russia. He too has been linked with a move away but is still on the books for now.  


Herrera, coach Emilio Alvarez Blanco, Mata and Darmian explored the streets of Los Angeles

Herrera, coach Emilio Alvarez Blanco, Mata and Darmian explored the streets of Los Angeles


Valencia was later snapped enduring an ice bath following United's training 

Valencia was later snapped enduring an ice bath following United's training 


Angel Gomes and Antonio Valencia go through their paces at the University of California

Angel Gomes and Antonio Valencia go through their paces at the University of California


Ander Herrera leads the way in training as United step up preparations for the season

Ander Herrera leads the way in training as United step up preparations for the season


United will play five friendly matches during their time in America this month

United will play five friendly matches during their time in America this month


UNITED IN USA 

July 20 - Club America, University of Phoenix Stadium, 1am BST

July 22 -  San Jose Earthquakes, Levi's Stadium, 6pm BST

July 25 - AC Milan, Rose Bowl, 4am

July 28 - Liverpool, Michigan Stadium, 10pm

July 30 - Real Madrid, Hard Rock Stadium, 1am 


Other senior players such as Antonio Valencia, Juan Mata, Eric Bailly and Ander Herrera are already with United after no international commitments over the last few months.

Valencia later shared pictures on his Instagram of him cooling off in an ice bath.

But one player who is presently missing out on a chance to build his fitness with the United squad is Alexis Sanchez.

The Chile star remains in England despite his nation failing to qualify for the World Cup, after being refused entry to America due to visa issues arising from a suspended prison sentence which he accepted back in February.

Sanchez was charged with illegally defrauding the Spanish treasury of £885,000 while a Barcelona player in the 2012-13 season. 


Joel Pereira and Martial  pose together prior to United's opening training session

Joel Pereira and Martial pose together prior to United's opening training session


Spanish midfield duo Herera and Juan Mata make their way out for United training 

Spanish midfield duo Herera and Juan Mata make their way out for United training 


United defender Matteo Darmian is with the squad in America for pres-season training

United defender Matteo Darmian is with the squad in America for pres-season training


Andreas Pereira and Eric Bailly warm up for United ahead of training out in California 

Andreas Pereira and Eric Bailly warm up for United ahead of training out in California

He repaid the money in full and the fact he accepted the 16-month prison sentence meant he did not have to go to jail as the punishment was under two years.

Both United and Sanchez hope the Chile star will be granted a visa waiver to allow him to join up with the rest of the squad at some point of the tour.

United also play San Jose Earthquakes, AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid in America and their Premier League season begins against Leicester on August 10.


Source: daily mail
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