That’s correct, tomorrow Jose Mourinho will take charge of his first game ever game as our Manchester United manager. A nice little trip west across to the DW Stadium for Wigan away. Kick off at 1.30pm. I’d have 100% gone across to this, tickets are only £15 as well and it would of been very easy to get a ticket.
Instead I’ll be taking part in my lads end of season football do/presentation. I volunteered a while back to be a goalkeeper for one of the penalty shoot out competitions. I won’t even be able to watch the match on TV until later on tomorrow evening too.
Most of the players, in fact all of them involved in Euro 2016 I imagine will be missing for the game whilst they’re still resting and on holiday with their families. I’m guessing they’ll all be due back at the start of next week for the flight out to China where we’ll face face Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on Friday 22nd. Then an overseas derby day game against Man City on Monday 25th July in Beijing to finish the international champions cup competition. Five days later back in Europe we are due to face Galatasaray in Gothenburg, Sweden on 30th July.
Quickly back to the Wigan game, our manager has said: “The first game against Wigan is very important as I am going to have some players I don’t know very well who I am bringing into the first team. I don’t know them well but I just trust Nicky Butt [Head of Academy] and John Murtough [Head of Football Development] and the youth structure’s judgement. New boys Eric Bailly and Henrikh (Miki) Mkhitaryan I’m guessing will start or at least play some role in the game. Be great to welcome back Luke Shaw as well after a nine month lay off.
After the Galatasaray game, we also have Wayne Rooney’s testimonial at Old Trafford on August 3rd against his old team Everton. Before we face the Premier League Champions Leicester City at Wembley for the Charity Shield on Sunday 7th August. Hopefully all of our players will be injury free and have their fitness levels up and ready to go.
I won’t be going to any of the above named fixtures this year. Instead I’m saving my money for the start of the league campaign and a first ever to trip to Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium on Sunday 14th August. Not long now.