Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he cannot wait to see his Manchester United side run out to face Perth Glory as the Red Devils prepare to fly to Western Australia.
The Premier League giants depart Manchester on Sunday 7 July and arrive in Perth a day later, leaving four full days for Solskjaer and his charges to acclimatise before the clash against the Hyundai A-League Premiers on Saturday 13 July.
The Red Devils return to Optus Stadium four days later for a match against rivals Leeds United, before their pre-season tour continues into Singapore and China to contest the International Champions Cup.
After United completed their first week of pre-season training at the Aon Training Complex in Manchester, Solksjaer reinforced the importance of the Glory clash in getting the 20-time English champions ready to face Chelsea in their Premier League opener.
“I can’t wait to get on tour and have the first game against Perth Glory.”
“I can’t wait to get on tour and have the first game against Perth Glory,” Solskjaer told ManUtd.com.
“I think that’s the first time we’ll see them in the shirt, in the kit, and it means something.
“We’ve got some great games coming up as preparation. So, by 11 August, there’s a hungry, fit and smiley squad coming out on that pitch.
”We can’t wait to see the fans. We can’t wait to get started on this journey to become the real Man United we know we can be.“
Glory will open their 2019/20 pre-season campaign on Tuesday night in a friendly against Bayswater City, giving Tony Popovic’s men a slight head start on their opponents.
United’s Swedish international defender Victor Lindelof is chomping at the bit to get his first minutes of pre-season under his belt.
“It’s important that we’re all together in the beginning and work through things we want to do and the things that we want to improve,” said Lindelof.
“It’s all about trying to get fit and play as many minutes as possible so you can be ready for the season. All of the games are very important for us.”
Serbia international midfielder Nemanja Matic believes the Glory match will be a stern test of United’s focus ahead of a season which he hopes will bring success to Old Trafford.
“We need to be focused from the first day to prepare physically, to be ready mentally for the season which is in front of us,” Matic said.
“We want to win trophies so everyone needs to be ready.”
Manchester United v Perth Glory
Date: Saturday, 13 July 2019
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 7pm AWST, 9pm AEST