Man Utd to face Rooney's Derby, QPR, Brentford & Everton as pre-season plans announced

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Manchester United have announced four games to be played in England as part of their pre-season plans.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will face Derby, QPR, Brentford and Everton as they prepare for the new season. 

The latter two games will be played at Old Trafford and, should there be no further setbacks to the government's easing of restrictions, fans will be allowed into the stadium, in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines. 

When are the games? 

Solskjaer’s side kick off their pre-season away to Wayne Rooney’s Derby on July 18 before a week-long UK-based training camp.

They will then take on QPR at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on July 24, before two matches at Old Trafford against Brentford and Everton respectively.

The fixture against the Championship play-off winners will be played on July 28, while the meeting with the Toffees is scheduled for August 7.

The new Premier League season kicks off on August 13, with United’s opener against Leeds being played at lunchtime on August 14.

Why aren't United going abroad? 

Goal can confirm the club has been exploring a number of options with regards to playing games abroad and a potential training camp on warmer shores.

However, government travel legislation has made planning very difficult, with requirements to quarantine after travelling in from the vast majority of countries. 

Ordinarily United would travel to a far-flung destination, their last tour in 2019 took in Australia, China and a game in Norway, but the current status of the pandemic means this has not been possible. 

Due to the short break between campaigns last year, Solskjaer’s side barely managed to have a pre-season due to their Europa League commitments. They squeezed in one game against Aston Villa and their poor start to the campaign was blamed on their lack of pre-season preparations.

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What's been said? 

Manchester United's chief operating officer, Collette Roche said following confirmation of the pre-season schedule: "This year’s pre-season schedule has been planned with the current travel restrictions in mind, whilst providing Ole and the players with the best possible preparations for the new season.

"Playing two pre-season matches at Old Trafford will also give us another opportunity to welcome fans back safely into the stadium ahead of the new Premier League season."

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