Manchester United aiming to schedule another friendly as they finalise pre-season training plans

Man United have had to call off a planned trip to Malta but are trying to arrange another pre-season friendly.


Manchester United are attempting to arrange a fifth pre-season friendly after calling off a planned trip to Malta.

United held prolonged discussions about flying to the Mediterranean island to play a friendly but it is understood plans for the trip have now been scrapped.

Malta was added to the green list by the UK government last month but the Maltese government said anyone travelling from Britain and not double vaccinated against Covid-19 would have to quarantine on arrival in the country.

United are instead expected to travel to St Andrews in Scotland for training after they host Brentford on July 28. United could play another friendly against Championship club Preston North End, having already arranged games with Derby County, Queens Park Rangers, Brentford, and Everton.

The United squad will set up base for a week-long training camp at a luxury five-star hotel in Surrey between matches with Derby County on July 18 and Queens Park Rangers on the 24th.

Last year, United had to cancel a planned pre-season visit to India due to the pandemic.

United announced on Thursday they have sold out season tickets for the 2021-22 season, with Old Trafford set to be at full capacity for the season opener against Leeds United on August 14.

A number of supporters had vowed not to renew their season tickets following the announcement of United's intended participation in the Super League but fan pressure forced the club's owners, the Glazers, to withdraw.

The government plans to remove capacity restrictions in stadiums on July 19.

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