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EPL – Manchester United Roster and 2011 USA Tour Schedule

EPL – Manchester United Roster and 2011 USA Tour Schedule

Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez looking forward to U.S. Tour with new teammates. PHOTO by Javier Garcia / ISIPhotos.com

Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez looking forward to U.S. Tour with new teammates. PHOTO by Javier Garcia / ISIPhotos.com

By Tobias Robinson

UPDATE July 10, 2011 – Experienced Scotland International Darren Fletcher will not travel with the rest of the first team squad to the U.S. for their pre-season tour.

The 27 year old midfielder was struck down by a virus in early March and lost a lot of weight as a result. Fitness staff at the club have decided that Fletcher would be best served staying in Manchester and working on his fitness and conditioning, rather than embarking on the U.S. Tour.

The Red Devils depart for the USon Monday July 11th and they have announced their initial 21 man squad on their Official club website;

Goalkeepers: Anders Lindegaard, Ben Amos, Sam Johnstone
Defenders: Rafael, Fabio, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand
Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Nani, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Ji-sung Park, Gabriel Obertan
Forwards: Mame Biram Diouf, Federico Macheda, Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov, Ashley Young.

The following players will join the tour after their agreed leave time: Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, David de Gea, Phil Jones, Javier Hernandez.

US based fans will be pleased to see new signing Ashley Young on the plane, and will also be excited about Phil Jones and David de Gea joining up at a later date. The usual list of star names will be in the US including Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and fresh from his Gold Cup win, Javier Hernandez. 

UPDATE June 29, 2011 – Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea has officially signed for Manchester United in a deal reportedly worth £18.9m ($30.25m). De Gea is fresh from winning the U21 Championships with Spain and has capped a fine season with Atletico Madrid with a move to Old Trafford.

United have been looking for a replacement for the retiring Edwin Van de Sar and Coach Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that the club had been finalising the De Gea deal for some time. At just 20, Ferguson will hope De Gea can make the number 1 spot his own for a long time to come. The fee makes the young Spaniard the second most expensive goalkeeper of all-time. He has signed in plenty of time to join the first team squad on their tour of the US which starts in July.

Speaking to MUTV after his move was confirmed, De Gea said;

“I feel very proud and I can’t wait to start playing here,”

“When a club the size of Manchester United comes in for you, it obviously makes you very, very happy”

De Gea was a product of the Atletico Madrid youth system and even though he is only 20, he has still racked up over 100 appearances for the club, and vitally for Manchester United, he also has experience in the Champions League.

Within a few weeks, United have spent somewhere near to £55m ($88m) on new signings (David De Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones) and have illustrated their desire to remain the most successful club side in England with emphatic style. The desire to prove themselves as the best in Europe still burns strongly and this may not be the end of the summer spending.

UPDATE June 24, 2011 – Manchester United completed their second major signing of the summer this week when they snapped up Ashley Young from Aston Villa.

Young is a pacy winger who first made his name at Watford during their one and only season in the EPL. Aston Villa signed him for just under £10m ($16m) but with his contract due to expire in 12 months time, and the player making it clear he had no desire to stay beyond that, Villa accepted the offer from Manchester United of £17m ($27.2).

Young has regularly been involved with the full England International squad, and scored in their 2-2 draw against Switzerland in their last game. He brings speed and width to United, and will offer manager Sir Alex Ferguson even more attacking options, either playing as an out-and-out winger, or as part of a three pronged attack, which United have also used in recent months.

Young told MUTV, United’s own TV channel that;

“The opportunity to come to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world is one I couldn’t turn down”

“It is a chance to hopefully become part of history by helping them to win their 20th title.”

Hot on the heels of the Phil Jones transfer, Manchester United have shown no signs of resting on their laurels as they continue to spend big money in a bid to strengthen their squad further. Young and Jones could well feature on the Champions tour of the US which kicks off against New England Revolution on July 13th and culminates in a match against the MLS All-Stars on July 30th.

UPDATE June 17, 2011 – Despite finishing as Champions, Manchester United have wasted little time in strengthening and reorganising their squad for the next campaign. The dismantling they suffered at the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League final illustrates that the Red Devils have some room for improvement if they want to reconquer the summit of European football.

Manager Alex Ferguson will have spent plenty of time watching the Under-21 Championships in Denmark, where two of his brightest prospects have been outstanding so far for England. Both Chris Smalling and new £17m signing, 19 year old Phil Jones have been extremely strong in England’s defence.

Although Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand remain the first choice center half pairing, Smalling and Jones will be seen as the ‘future’ for United’s defence and are likely to see plenty of game time together during the lower key games throughout the season.

Manchester United embark on a tour of the US in July, and assuming they have not been over exerted during the U21 Championship, the two young prospects are likely to play some part in the games  play in friendly matches in this summer’s U.S. tour.

Alex Ferguson will also have been running his eye over the Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea. The  Spaniard has been linked with a move to the English champions, and has also hinted that a big transfer fee would not daunt him (Read the full story by Chris Wheeler at the Daily Mail here).


Phil Jones – The 19 year old defender cost United £17m and is seen as one of the brightest prospects in English football. Also capable of playing as a defensive midfielder, Jones will be keen to force his way into the United starting XI during 2011.

Ashley Young – The quick and dynamic Young is a perfect fit for United and is likely to be competing with both Nani and Antonio Valencia for a starting place on the wing, or as part of a 3 man attack. At £17m, Young has a big fee to live up to, but he has never been short on confidence and will be hungry for trophies at Old Trafford.

David De Gea –  Spanish goalkeeper has officially signed for Manchester United in a deal reportedly worth £18.9m ($30.25m). De Gea is fresh from winning the U21 Championships with Spain and has capped a fine season with Atletico Madrid with a move to Old Trafford.


Paul Scholes. The little maestro has finally called time on his career, despite manager Alex Ferguson imploring him to reconsider. Scholes apparently said his “diminishing influence” had made his mind up and he will now take up a coaching role at the club.

Richie De Laet (Loan). The young defender has signed on a season long loan for newly promoted Norwich City. A product of Manchester United’s famous youth system, De Laet is anxious for regular first team football and a berth in an EPL team could provide the experience and development he is desperate for.

Owen Hargreaves. Hargreaves has been released by United after a constant battle with injury. United gave the hard working midfielder plenty of support but have now released him in the hope that he can rebuild his career elsewhere.

Bebe. Having failed to nail down a place in the United first team, Bebe found himself completely outshone by Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and his prospects for next season appeared limited. Turkish giants Besiktas have taken the Portuguese player on loan for a season where he will attempt to rebuild his reputation.

Edwin Van Der Sar The giant Dutch goalkeeper finally called time on his illustrious career after the Champions League final against Barcelona. Recognised as one of the best goalkeepers of his time, Van Der Sar joined United in 2005 and played 266 games for the club. He leaves a big hole in the United squad but he announced his intention to retire with enough time for Sir Alex Ferguson to find a suitable replacement.

John O’Shea – The versatile Ireland international (70 caps) has moved to Sunderland, joining ex-United captain, Steve Bruce. O’Shea has spent his entire professional career at United but has decided to join the North East club. At 30, O’Shea may have already enjoyed his best seasons and Manchester United decided to let him go.

Wes Brown – Like John O’Shea, Brown has decided to move to Sunderland. With the emergence of initially Johnny Evans and latterly Chris Smalling and new signing Phil Jones, Wes Brown was likely to find his first team opportunities reduced. At 31, United coach Alex Ferguson has allowed him to move on and make the most of the autumn of his career. A product of the United youth system, Brown has also represented England at full international level.


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