Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United side will jet out to Norway to face Atletico Madrid in a friendly at the end of July with the Red Devils set to travel to Oslo after completing their tour of Thailand and Australia
- Manchester United will play Atletico Madrid in a pre-season friendly in Oslo
- The two teams will go head-to-head at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo on July 30
- Erik ten Hag is against playing any pre-season friendlies in the UK this summer
- The Red Devils will return to training on June 20th to work on their fitness levels
Manchester United have revealed that Erik ten Hag’s squad will play a pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid ahead of the 2022-2023 campaign.
The fixture between the two European giants will take place at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo on Saturday July 30 at 14:00 local time.
The pre-season friendly against the LaLiga giants will take place after Manchester United’s tour of Thailand and Australia.
Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United squad will play a pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid
The Red Devils finished off the 2021-2022 Premier League season with a loss to Crystal Palace
Speaking about the pre-season friendly, United’s football director, John Murtough, said: ‘Pre-season is such an important part of the squad’s preparations for the season ahead.
‘Our players and coaching staff will be relishing the opportunity to play against such a high-calibre opponent in Atletico Madrid, as well as the chance to perform in front of a full stadium of passionate Norwegian fans.’
The club’s chief operating officer, Collette Roche, added: ‘Manchester United has a deep and long-standing relationship with Norway and we are delighted to be returning to play at the Ullevaal Stadium this summer.
As a result, Manchester United finished the season in 6th position under Ralf Rangnick
Manchester United’s football director, John Murtough, is excited about the pre-season friendly
‘Our visit will coincide with the 40th anniversary of our official Norwegian supporters’ club, reflecting the strength of support we have in the country.
‘We know that both our locally based and travelling fans will provide a great reception for the team.’
The announcement came shortly after the news broke that Manchester United would not be playing any pre-season friendlies in England this summer.
Therefore, United fans will have to wait until August 6 – the start of the 2022-2023 Premier League season – to see the Dutch manager in action in the UK.
The Red Devils were due to be back in for pre-season training on July, 4, but is now understood ten Hag wants his players to report back on June, 20
Ten Hag will put United through their paces next month as he think the squad could be fitter
The Red Devils players were due to be back in for pre-season training on July, 4, but is now understood ten Hag wants his players to report back on June, 20 to get them in shape ahead of the start of the Premier League season.
The former Ajax manager watched Manchester United’s last few games of the 2021-2022 season and was said to be unimpressed by the fitness levels of the squad.
The 52-year-old believes a handful of Manchester United’s defeats this season could have been avoided if the team was fitter. As a result, Ten Hag will put them through their paces next month.
United will also work on their tactics and general match play by facing Australia and the Far East in their first pre-season friendly tour for three years.