Manchester United Newsletter – Tuesday 12th July

Covering: Manchester United’s pre-season kicks-off against Liverpool, Barcelona close sale for De Jong, Eriksen medical, new podcast, squad in Bangkok, Maguire keeps armband…

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United get down to business early on with a fixture against arch-rivals Liverpool for Erik ten Hag’s first game in charge. It’s always a tasty affair and I’d like to see fans in Thailand experience some of the bite the fixture is renowned for, even if it’s only a friendly match.

That said, all I ever ask for from these games is for everyone to escape injury or niggle free. It’s about the players preparing for the new season and getting as many minutes as possible under their belt to reach full fitness. They need to make the most of this time with Ten Hag because this is when he will be laying out his foundations for future success.

Ten Hag enjoyed his first press conference on tour as United manager as he shared a gift with the friendly match organiser before briefing the press. While they bombarded with questions over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, he was well able for the tricks of the trade as journalists tried to get updates out of him. They were unsuccessful in their attempts as Ten Hag smiled on.

We covered all the updates on Frenkie de Jong throughout the night – from United setting a Friday deadline to complete a deal to Barcelona chiefs meeting with Xavi Hernandez after agreeing a transfer fee to sell the midfielder.

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