Ashley Young is anticipating a tough test when Manchester United face LA Galaxy on Wednesday in the opening game of Tour 2014, presented by Aon.
The winger and his team-mates touched down in the States on Friday and will return to playing action against the MLS outfit at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, competing for the Chevrolet Cup. United won all four matches against American sides during the club's last visit in 2011 by an aggregate score of 18-1 but, with the playing standard in the country increasing year-on-year, Young is taking nothing for granted.
"I remember on my first tour there were quite a few tough games," he recalled to ManUtd.com. "I think we managed to get some good results but they are always hard matches, obviously with the climate being much warmer than it is in England. We have to adjust and compete against good teams so it will be a tough test but a good one.
"Football is getting bigger and bigger out here. A lot of players who have played in England have gone to the MLS. When we visited a few years ago the stadiums were packed and I'm sure there will be lots of fans here again this time."
After facing LA Galaxy, United will then take on AS Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup, but Young insists that while the Reds will be determined to come away with positive results, preparing for the new campaign from a fitness perspective takes priority.
"It's a great chance to test yourself against the top teams in the world and to gain match fitness, and see where you and the team are at," he explained. "It's not so much about the result, even though people will talk about it, but the focus is more on getting match-fit and prepared for the season coming up."