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Manchester United vs. America: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IJuly 18, 2018

WIGAN, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gestures from the touchine during the pre season friendly match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at the JJB Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Manchester United open their pre-season tour of the United States with a friendly against Mexican side Club America at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Thursday (Friday in the UK).

The match is the first of five games scheduled for the Red Devils on their tour. They will also play Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes in a friendly at the Levi's Stadium in California.

The team will then go on to face AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid as part of the 2018 International Champions Cup.

           

Date: Thursday, July 19

Time: 7 p.m. local time/10 p.m. ET/3 a.m. BST (Friday, July 20).

Live Stream: MUTV 

           

Team News

Jose Mourinho's squad have travelled to the United States without several key players. Chile striker Alexis Sanchez has missed the start of the tour, as he has been unable to get a visa, per Simon Stone at BBC Sport.

Paul Hirst at The Times offered an update:

Paul Hirst @hirstclass

Understand Alexis Sanchez not on mufc tour because he can’t get a visa at present. He accepted 16-month suspended jail sentence in Spain in Feb for tax fraud. Utd hopeful he’ll be granted a waiver & will join up with squad in the coming days. Not a great start to the tour

The Red Devils will be without players such as Paul Pogba, David De Gea, Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones after their involvement at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

New signing Diogo Dalot is included as well as highly rated youngsters Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes, per Samuel Luckhurst at the Manchester Evening News. 

Club America will be without Paraguay international Cecilio Dominguez after he suffered a fractured jaw in a friendly against Morelia on Sunday, per Tom Marshall at ESPN FC.

Fellow forward Jeremy Menez is also sidelined through injury after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament which has ruled him out of the 2018 Apertura, per Marshall.

            

Tour Gives Players Chance to Impress Mourinho

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Luke Shaw of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford on May 13, 2018 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

With so many big names missing from the United squad, this tour offers fringe players and youngsters the chance to impress Mourinho and stake a claim ahead of the new Premier League season.

Left-back Luke Shaw is one player whose future at Old Trafford is uncertain. The defender has not managed to cement a regular place in the team and is into the last year of his contract.

The 23-year-old has been in training ahead of pre-season, per Ciaran Kelly at the Manchester Evening News:

Ciaran Kelly @MENCKelly

Luke Shaw spending all of this week training with Gary Walker, United's head of strength and conditioning, at the Nad Al Sheba Complex in Dubai. Temperatures of up to 45C out there. Due back at Carrington for start of pre-season on Monday #mufc

Fans will also be helping to get a glimpse of some of the club's talented youngsters. Gomes has been particularly impressive at under-18 level, as shown by Statman Dave:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Angel Gomes' numbers at U18 level: 26 appearances 15 goals 7 assists Directly involved in a goal every 97 minutes 😲😲😲 https://t.co/n7kKz2B5hZ

The 17-year-old is skilful in possession, has great vision and is a real attacking threat who looks to have a big future at the club.

So, too, does 18-year-old winger Chong, who will also be hoping for some minutes. He has bags of pace, can play on either flank and is a real handful for defenders. 

The Red Devils have looked in a need of a wideman for some time, and the tour may be Chong's perfect opportunity to shine.

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