MANCHESTER, Sporting Alert – Manchester United 2016 pre-season schedule, as new manager Jose Mourinho looks to start his reign in charge at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils will kick-off their pre-season fixtures away against Wigan on July 16, before the start of the club’s 2016 Guinness International Champions Cup tour of China.
During the tour, which gets underway on July 22, Manchester United will play two games, including the first ever Manchester derby outside of England.
United will take on German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the opening ICC 2016 game on July 22 in Shanghai, China.
Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will then come face-to-face as English Premier League managers on July 25 when United battle with arch rivals Manchester City inside the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.
Manchester United will end the pre-season road trip with a clash against Galatasaray at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, on July 30.
On August 3, at Old Trafford, the Premier League giants will conclude pre-season with the Wayne Rooney Testimonial against Everton.
The FA Cup winners will get an early crack at the defending league champions when Man United and Leicester City battle in the 2016 FA Community Shield on August 7.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has called on the club’s supporters to come out and play their part in his plans for success.
“I understand that they expect a lot from me but I also expect a lot from them,” he said on www.manutd.com.
“There is no chance we will be happy if we are not together and I think the passion [they have] for this club is really amazing.
“It’s a new chapter in the club’s life. Always when you change a manager, I feel it is a sad moment but it is a new chapter now.
“We have brought a few new faces in, we will keep some others but, in the end, it doesn’t matter who the manager is, it doesn’t who the new players are or who is staying or leaving, it’s Man United and Man United is much more than any one of us.
“The passion the fans have is for the club and I feel that I am a club man. When I arrived, I wore the [United] shirt immediately and this is the kind of club and the kind of shirt that I am very proud to represent. I am going to do my best to be happy and to make the people happy.”
Manchester United Pre-season Schedule
16 Jul Friendly Wigan Athletic A
22 Jul Tour 2016 Borussia Dortmund N
25 Jul Tour 2016 Manchester City N
30 Jul Tour 2016 Galatasaray N
03 Aug Wayne Rooney Testimonial Everton H
07 Aug FA Community Shield Leicester City N