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I'd say the coaching staff are fecking delighted that its a local pre-season compared to normal years.

Must be such a fecking nuisance having to travel all over the gaff and do all the media on top of it while trying to prepare for a long and gruelling elite level season.
As long as it is well organized, like in the US or Australia, they usually want the bonding experience of the group being together in one place. Rio's travel diaries were good fun with all the lads having dinner together most nights. Its when the tour is bent for sponsor revenue over several stops like in China or Japan with games being cancelled or asked to play on synthetic pitches that it gets a bit daft.
 

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Well we'll be without anyone who went to the Euros for at least another two weeks (three weeks in the England players case) I think, so that's Rashford, Sancho, Shaw, Maguire, Pogba, Bruno, De Gea, McTominay, Lindelof & Dan James.
I assume Maguire, Shaw and Sancho will only be available for the Everton-game. The other non-english players maybe Brentford and Preston. Pogba was the last to play of these and that was july 28th - so he should be available for Preston at least.

But realistically - I dont think Sancho or Shaw will start the Leeds-game (Maguire is a different type of player so he will start). Could very well be - DDG - Telles, Maguire, Varane/Lindelof, AWB - McTominay, Fred - Pogba, Bruno, Greenwood - Cavani starting against Leeds.
 

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I checked out the squads for the mens olympic teams, Spain had a few that played in the Euros, France, Brazil & Germany seemed to have ok squads & from a UTD POV the only two UTD players playing at the olympics are Bailly & Amad for the Ivory Coast, so they won't be available for our pre-season games.
 

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Yeah - this will likely be mostly youth/fringe players due to Euros and Olympics.

So I guess it'd be something like: Henderson; AWB--Tuanzebe--Mengi--Telles; Matic--Garner; Elanga--Mata--Pellistri--Greenwood to start the game.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Lingard start instead of Pellistri but he only returned to training today
 

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Yeah - this will likely be mostly youth/fringe players due to Euros and Olympics.

So I guess it'd be something like: Henderson; AWB--Tuanzebe--Mengi--Telles; Matic--Garner; Elanga--Mata--Pellistri--Greenwood to start the game.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Lingard start instead of Pellistri but he only returned to training today
I think the same only Heaton in for Henderson
 

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Pretty sure it is, there are announcements like this. Maybe more a case for travelling though.



Yeah so first, those are tour squads. We aren't going on tour this year. Second, they were only the original travelling parties anyway as players joined up with the team as they returned for pre-season training. We'll just have matchday squads like normal but obviously they will be bigger than normal because we'll be making 11 substitutes I'd imagine in the early games.
 

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I suspect most of our big stars won't be featuring until maybe the Everton game only, not ideal preparation for the start of the season but it is what it is I suppose.
 

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I subscribed one year just to watch the matches. I think it was because we had just appointed Mou, so i was interested to see the team playing.

Probably wont subscribe though this year. Maybe the Everton game i might.
 

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It’s better than last season.
Maybe, but I do worry that when you look at the fixtures for first 6 or so PL games, we seem to have an easier time of it compared to our rivals, so for our stars to not put in decent performances in those games & us not winning those games due to lack of match fitness or whatever would be a huge disappointment.

We need to put the pressure on our rivals early on, now if we (can't recall the fixtures so just using examples only) lose against Southampton whilst City are beating Chelsea that is a missed opportunity for us.

Yeah, yeah, I know it is a long season & all that but even so...
 

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"The pre season squad"? That's not a thing. :lol:
Yeah so first, those are tour squads. We aren't going on tour this year. Second, they were only the original travelling parties anyway as players joined up with the team as they returned for pre-season training. We'll just have matchday squads like normal but obviously they will be bigger than normal because we'll be making 11 substitutes I'd imagine in the early games.
CONFIRMED: UNITED'S SQUAD FOR TRAINING CAMP: https://www.manutd.com/en/news/detail/man-utd-training-camp-squad-for-surrey-base-2021

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers:
Nathan Bishop, Lee Grant, Tom Heaton, Matej Kovar.

Defenders: Di'Shon Bernard, Will Fish, Teden Mengi, Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe, Aaaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams.

Midfielders: Andreas Pereira, Ethan Galbraith, James Garner, Hannibal, Daniel James, Dylan Levitt, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Facundo Pellistri.

Forwards: Tahith Chong, Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood, Joe Hugill, Shola Shoretire.

 

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CONFIRMED: UNITED'S SQUAD FOR TRAINING CAMP: https://www.manutd.com/en/news/detail/man-utd-training-camp-squad-for-surrey-base-2021

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers:
Nathan Bishop, Lee Grant, Tom Heaton, Matej Kovar.

Defenders: Di'Shon Bernard, Will Fish, Teden Mengi, Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe, Aaaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams.

Midfielders: Andreas Pereira, Ethan Galbraith, James Garner, Hannibal, Daniel James, Dylan Levitt, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Facundo Pellistri.

Forwards: Tahith Chong, Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood, Joe Hugill, Shola Shoretire.

Yeah I saw that, surprising really to take them away from training at Carrington for the week. Seems a strange & largely unnecessary thing to do but I’m sure there is logic behind it.