Manchester United has announced a 31-man squad for their pre-season tour in the United States, with some surprising inclusions and exclusions. The squad, led by manager Erik ten Hag, will face Arsenal in New Jersey, Real Madrid in Houston, and Borussia Dortmund in Las Vegas. The team’s youngsters will also play Wrexham in San Diego.One of the most notable inclusions is Mason Greenwood, who was initially left out of the tour due to a disciplinary issue. However, Greenwood’s inclusion in the squad suggests that the club is willing to give the young striker another chance to prove his worth. Greenwood’s inclusion comes after a meeting with the club’s hierarchy, where he was reportedly told that he is still part of the club’s plans.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Andre Onana, who is set to join Manchester United from Inter Milan for an initial fee of 51m euros (£43.8m) with a potential further 4m euros (£3.4m) in add-ons, will follow the squad to the US as soon as possible. The five-year deal, with the option of a further season, has been agreed with Onana, who was at Carrington for his medical and the visa process on Wednesday.
However, not all news from the pre-season tour is positive. Defender Eric Bailly has been told he is not part of Ten Hag’s plans and has been left out of the pre-season squad. The 29-year-old spent last season on loan with Marseille and is now expected to find a new club this summer. Bailly’s exclusion from the squad indicates that Ten Hag is looking to reshape the team according to his vision.
In other news, Donny van de Beek, who scored United’s only goal of the game against Lyon, has been included in the squad and could be given a fresh opportunity under Ten Hag. Van de Beek told MUTV, “This was a big moment for me. There’s still a chance I move, but we’re keeping it open.”
The pre-season tour will be a crucial period for Manchester United as they prepare for the upcoming season. It will provide an opportunity for the players to impress Ten Hag and secure their place in the team. It will also give the new signings a chance to integrate with the squad and adapt to Ten Hag’s style of play.