The early World Cup exits for Spain and England will have a positive impact for Man United fans in the US and Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata are David De Gea will be arriving in the US this week as United begins its US preseason tour under new boss Louis van Gaal.
Also coming to America are new signings Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, and assistant manager Ryan Giggs likes the strength of the squad that United are bringing over.
“It’s worked out quite well,” Ryan told ManUtd.com. “The lads who went out early in the World Cup can now travel with us for the pre-season tour. We’ve got a few lads here training now, who will have about two weeks under their belts before we play our first game in America.
“Then some more lads will join us, they’ll train and will be on a slightly different programme as they will, understandably, be a little behind. But there will be nine or 10 players who will come out – some big names too – who have been in the World Cup. That’s great for the fans in the US and great for us because we can work with them as quickly as we can.”
One player not coming os Dutch striker Robin van Persie who has been given a three way break by LVG after playing 548 minutes in the World Cup, where his four goals tied him for third in scoring overall in Brazil, as he helped the Dutch finish third.
United open up their USA tour against the LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on July 23. They will then take part in the International Champions Cup, facing AS Roma in Denver (July 26), Inter Milan in Landover, Md. (July 29) and Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Aug. 2).
If United make the final of the competition, the preseason tour will conclude with the final in Miami on Aug. 4.
When they return home, United are scheduled to play only one more friendly before the Premier League season begins, against Valencia on 12 August meaning that some players will only have three or four games to impress their new boss.
2014 USA Tour
July 23: LA Galaxy v Man United – Los Angeles – Buy LA Galaxy v Man United Tickets
July 26: Manchester United v. AS Roma – Denver, Colorado – Buy Man United v Roma Tickets
July 29: Manchester United v. Inter Milan – Washington D.C. – Buy Man United v Inter Tickets
August 2: Real Madrid CF v. Manchester United – Michigan Stadium – Buy Real Madrid v Man United Tickets
August 4: ICC 2014 Final – Miami FL – Buy International Champions Cup Final Tickets