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Manchester United Pre-Season 2022: All You Need To Know

Cain Smith

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Manchester United Pre-Season 2022: All You Need To Know

Erik ten Hag will be taking charge of his first Manchester United pre-season game in a months time.

The Dutch manager will be looking to use this time until the Premier League starts again in order to get his team into shape and prepare them for the football that he is going to implement.

This is also the first real pre-season that the club have had in three years, with last year's one being heavily impacted by Euro 2020.

The details regarding all aspects of United's first pre-season under new management are compiled below.

Pre-season start date

Erik ten Hag confirmed in his first interview as United manager that the squad will start their training on the 27th of June.

That is just over two weeks until the players rally together to start working on improving on a disastrous campaign last term.

However, with international fixtures being played until Tuesday the 14th, with many of United's men competing in the Nations League, some of those will join up at a later date.

When international players will join up

A significant number of United's players are playing internationals, so will not start pre-season on the date above, and while there is no set date for their return, Ten Hag said that they need a longer break than those who did not participate in international fixtures.

“Not all the players will be coming in [on 27 June], because the ones who play internationals will have a longer break, because they play longer in this current season."

Luckily for United, there have been a number of absentees from internationals such as Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.

Raphael Varane was initially in the France squad, but dropped out due to a minor injury last week.

Raphael Varane (PA)
Raphael Varane (PA)

This should mean that those players are back to Carrington for the beginning of pre-season.

Meanwhile, the other players will likely take a holiday and re-charge, returning to the camp at varying dates before United jet off abroad to start their fixture list to prepare for the season.


With it being the first time United are able to travel and visit international fans' countries during pre-season since they visited Australia and Asia in 2019, the Reds are travelling to three different countries.

First of all, Ten Hag's men will be travelling to Thailand, and will stay in the capital, Bangkok. They will play their opening fixture of the camp in the Rajamangala Stadium.

Skyview of the Rajamangala Stadium. (Alamy)
Skyview of the Rajamangala Stadium. (Alamy)

Then the squad will move onto Australia, where they will play three games in both Melbourne and Peth.

Finally, they will round things off with a final fixture played in Norway, Oslo, before returning to Old Trafford before one final warm up game before the start of the league campaign.

Fixtures & Times

Across the six games, United will test themselves against three Premier League opposition, the hosts in Melbourne and two La Liga opponents as they prepare for the season ahead.

12 July: Liverpool (Bangkok) 14:00 BST

15 July: Melbourne Victory (Melbourne) 11:05 BST

19 July: Crystal Palace (Melbourne) 11:10 BST

23 July: Aston Villa (Perth) 10:45 BST

30 July: Atletico Madrid (Oslo) 13:00 BST

31 July: Rayo Vallecano (Manchester) 16:00 BST

Premier League start date

With the final fixture being played on the 31th of July, that gives United a week until they have to start their 2022/23 Premier League campaign, with the fixtures beginning on the first weekend of August (6th/7th).

Who the Reds will be facing in that opening game will be revealed by the Premier League on the 16th of June.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Football, Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag, Premier League, Liverpool

Cain Smith
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