Manchester United sets summer 2017 preseason tour in USA

Manchester United will be returning to the USA this summer for a series of preseason friendlies.
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United is heading back to the United States for its preseason 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.

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"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."