Man United returning to United States, including Utah, for pre-season tour

Published on March 20, 2017 at 11:55AM

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United is heading back to the United States for its pre-season tour.

The team will play in five cities across the country on a two-week tour in July, with matches in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Santa Clara and Washington. United has yet to announce the fifth city for the games or the opposition.

United first visited the United States in 1950 and also prepared for the 2014-15 season in the country when then-manager Louis van Gaal was critical of the schedule.

“Visiting North America will give the team the best possible preparation for the new season, using top-class training facilities and playing in some great stadiums,” United vice chairman Ed Woodward said Monday.

“We have witnessed first-hand the passion and support for the club in the U.S. in recent years, so naturally it is something that everybody is very much looking forward to this summer.”