Manchester United will keep this years pre-season to domestic fixtures, according to new reports. Manchester United’s tour of Australia and east-Asia in 2019 was the last time the club jetted off for cross-continent preparations but will be limited to the United Kingdom in 2021.
United were one of the few sides to now have a pre-season in 2020 due to their involvement in European competition, where some of their Premier League counterparts had longer time to get ready.
Players not involved in summer competitions this summer, like the Euro’s and Copa America, will return to the club after a four-week break and start getting ready for the 2021/22 season. Internationals will be given an extended break and return closer to the start of the season.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the club are planning pre-season preparations to be held domestically. United are said to be still finalising their plans but some games could be held abroad depending on COVID-19 regulations.
United’s less experienced players will be hoping to make a lasting impression on the manager in the pre-season games and elevate their careers at United, whilst others could be braced for loan moves.
James Garner, who enjoyed a good half-season with Nottingham Forest, is one midfielder who could join the first-team squad next season.
Amad, Anthony Elanga and Hannibal Mejbri are all expected to be involved in pre-season.