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DHL Tour - August

Sun 5 - Valerenga (Oslo)
Wed 8 - Barcelona (Gothenburg)
Sat 11 - Hannover 96 (Hanover)

04/08/2012 12:15, Report by Nick Coppack
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Europe tour squad confirmed

A star-studded, 21-man squad, including Nemanja Vidic and Wayne Rooney, will leave Manchester airport on Saturday afternoon for the next leg of the DHL pre-season tour.

The Reds will fly to Norway for Sunday's match against Valerenga and then on to Sweden where United meet Barcelona in Gothenburg on Wednesday 8 August. The team then return to England for two days' training in Manchester before jetting out to Germany to take on Hannover 96 on Saturday 11 August.

Last month's trip to South Africa and China featured a young United squad shorn of players involved in the summer's European Championships, as well as injured skipper Nemanja Vidic. But the Serbian centre-back and the likes of Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, Ashley Young and Nani will all travel to Oslo today.

Injured defenders Chris Smalling (foot) and Jonny Evans (ankle) will remain in Manchester to continue treatment (their absence means teenager Michael Keane travels), as will Olympians Ryan Giggs, Tom Cleverley and Rafael.

Assistant manager Mike Phelan will take charge of United in Norway, with Sir Alex Ferguson on other club business. The boss will rejoin the squad for the match against Barcelona in Gothenburg.

All Tour 2012 tour games will be broadcast live on MUTV and MUTV Online to UK and Ireland residents, while fans in all territories should keep an eye on the dedicated Tour 2012 section on ManUtd.com for news, interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

ManUtd.com journalist Nick Coppack is travelling with the team and will provide regular updates in his tour blogs. The first blog, Today in Norway, will begin on Saturday afternon as the squad checks in at Manchester airport.

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