Australia. Home to long sandy beaches, the outback, kangaroo’s and a cricket team embarrassed in the semi final of the cricket World Cup by England. Manchester United, too find OZ, their temporary home as the Red Devil’s begin their pre season work down under.
OGS will be looking to shape his squad ahead of the first game of the Premier League season, when Chelsea visit Old Trafford. New signings Arron Wan Bassaka and Daniel James, both after having carried out their initiation videos, will be looking to impress the boss and force his hand into selection for the opening match day squad.
United kicked off their preparations to Chelsea with a comfortable victory over Perth Glory of the Australian A League. Marcus Rashford hitting the opener mid way through the second half before James Garner rounded off the scoring and ensuring a good work out for United.
Jimmy Garner, will no doubt be trying to impress the onlooking boss. Solskjaer has mentioned previously that Jimmy had impressed him with his displays, when called into mix with the first team so you can imagine that it’s only a matter of time before we see Garner, given more time to impose himself at Old Trafford.
The next fixture is a real old classic. United take on Arch Rivals Leeds, and with the needle already starting between Lancashire and Yorkshire ( a United flag was taken by Leeds fans and posted online ) you can expect a real feel to this match despite it being a pre season tour game. There is certainly no love lost between both sets of fans.
The Harry Maguire hype seems to have Intensified as well as the training! Maguire has reportedly told his bosses that he no longer wishes to be at Leicester and United are set to bid around £80million for the England defender. This could be a pivotal signing in the make of the this new side that OGS is trying to build. A more solid base on which to build on, and they don’t come more solid then old ‘slab head’.
They say you can’t build a house on sand, which in layman’s terms was exactly what United’s defence was based on last season. A poor foundation which ultimately undone all the hard work of the attacking make up. Get this right, and Old Trafford could be in for a real treat this season.
The lads will be looking to get their sharpness back and the gaffer a couple of extra bodies through the door. We wait with baited breath.
Ole’s at the wheel!