Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho led Manchester United to the Europa League title but is yet to mount a Premier League title challenge. In this picture, Mourinho, manager of Manchester United, looks dejected following The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London, England, May 19, 2018. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester United have embarked on their what is now becoming a traditional pre-season tour of the United States on July 15 and will spend the better part of the next 15 days stateside preparing for the upcoming Premier League campaign.

The Red Devils have preferred to make the U.S. their pre-season base in recent years as they prepare for the new campaign by playing friendlies with the local teams and participating in the International Champions Cup.

Jose Mourinho’s team departed Manchester on July 15 and are currently training at the Elvin C Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. The 20-time English Premier League champions are scheduled to play five matches during their stay in the U.S.

Their first match is on July 19 against Club America after which they will face the San Jose Earthquakes in their second friendly on July 22. The matches will be played at the Phoenix University Stadium and the Levi’s Stadium respectively.

After their two friendlies against the respective Liga MX and MLS club, they will begin their campaign in the International Champions Cup, an annual pre-season competition played across the globe with a number of top European clubs participating.

The first ICC game and their third of the U.S. tour will be against Italian giants AC Milan on July 25 at the StubHub Center in California. The last time these two teams played a pre-season game was in 2004 when the Serie A side won 9-8 on penalties in New Jersey.

After the clash with Milan, United will travel to the Michigan Stadium to take on arch-rivals Liverpool on July 28. This game, despite it being a pre-season fixture, is going to be as intense as any league encounter owing to the bitter rivalry between the two teams.

The final game United will play will be against the reigning European champions Real Madrid and the match will take place on July 31 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. It will be their final encounter before return to England and prepare for the start of the Premier League season on August 11.

Where to watch

All the games United play while on their US Tour will be broadcast live and it will be available online globally via

Dates and times

Manchester United vs Club America – July 19 – 10 p.m. EDT

Manchester United vs San Jose Earthquakes – July 22 – 5 p.m. EDT

Manchester United vs AC Milan – July 25 – 11:05 p.m. EDT

Manchester United vs Liverpool – July 28 – 5:05 p.m. EDT

Manchester United vs Real Madrid – July 31 – 8:05 p.m. EDT

The Red Devils are missing a number of their key players owing to their commitments at the recently concluded World Cup in Russia. The likes of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku, Phil Jones and Ashley Young among others will not be available, while Chile’s Alexis Sanchez has not got a visa and is at the moment in England awaiting clearance.

Mourinho’s selection has been limited by the absences and thus has taken a young team without any of the star names. The American supporters are likely to be disappointed, but will get to see the new wave of players currently making their way through the academy.

Confirmed squad for the US Tour

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira, Lee Grant

Defenders: Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Diogo Dalot, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, RoShaun Williams, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Demetri Mitchell, Luke Shaw

Midfielders: James Garner, Ander Herrera, Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay, Ethan Hamilton

Forwards: Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Joshua Bohui