Manchester United and Wrexham will play a friendly match at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego this Tuesday, July 24.
Manager Erik ten Hag revealed in a press conference Tuesday that he will field United’s U-21 squad and that he will not even be in charge of the team, as U-21 Head Coach Travis Binnion will lead the way.
Ten Hag will be present at Snapdragon Stadium and give support to the “Red Devils,” along with some other staff members. The first-team players are set to fly to Houston in preparation for a friendly match against Real Madrid to be played on July 26.
Ten Hag said that Manchester United had already been “planning this over months.” “One team will stay behind here, I will stay here as well, but also, we bring a coach and a technical director, Darren Fletcher, in. The Dutch manager said he will “help and support” Travis Binnion in this match against Wrexham.
Ten Hag emphasized his plan for this U-21 side and how he wants to engrave the playing style and culture of the first team within the youngsters. “We want to educate, to teach players in the United way, so it’s easier to flow into the first-team squad. This is why this trip is very useful for us.”
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The manager from the Netherlands also talked about the potential crowd at Snapdragon Stadium and the importance of the match. “The Stadium will be sold out with a fantastic ambiance. The players were really looking forward to it. The game is broadcast, so it’s a fantastic experience for the young players, and that we can present this to our young players. So I’m really happy that we can do that”, ten Hag said.
There is still a chance at seeing some first-team players take the field on Tuesday night, as Erik ten Hag did make mention of this. “We will get the 21s in, but we will strengthen the 21s with some players who are in the tour with the first-team squad.”
Premier League veteran Jonny Evans is confirmed to be playing in this match, who is a new signing for Manchester United this season, but a familiar face, as the 35-year-old center-back previously played with the “Red Devils” from 2006 to 2015. Evans has had previous and very long stints with West Bromwich Albion and, more recently, with Leicester City.
It will be very interesting to see how Manchester United lines up against Wrexham, who are in a lower-tier league but will have several players with more experience than their opponents.
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