Friday 15 December 2017

Van Gaal going to US as Nike end shirt deal

Manchester United have confirmed new manager Louis van Gaal will join up with the club for their full pre-season tour.

A number of their World Cup players, including Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, David de Gea and Shinji Kagawa, as well as new signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, will also depart for the United States on July 18.

Rooney's participation in the World Cup, along with the other England players, came to an end on June 24. It means they will have had less than four weeks off before beginning pre-season preparations, but their presence will be a boost for Van Gaal as he begins work immediately.

Holland striker Robin van Persie is not expected to link up with the squad until August.United play LA Galaxy on July 23 before games in the International Champions Cup against Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

Should they reach the final of that competition - which also features rivals Liverpool and Manchester City - they would play in Miami on August 4.

Nike, though, has announced it will not renew its kit deal with Manchester United at the end of next season.

The American sportswear giant has walked away from negotiations, ending a 13-year association, with the club as it felt United were demanding too much money.

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