The preparations for United’s bid to regain the Barclays Premier League title begin in earnest against AmaZulu on 18 July; a date with special significance to South Africans.
“The AmaZulu game is on Nelson Mandela Day, which is an enormous day in the South African calendar,” says Bailey. "Mandela will always be, certainly in my book, the greatest person of all time, and I think that applies to most South Africans.
“It’s great that United are playing on such a special occasion. The club, whenever it has been here, has always been very aware of the social challenges across the country and it’ll be the same again this time with the Manchester United Foundation doing work in the community too.
“The club acknowledges the following in South Africa and always gives something back and spreads a lot of happiness when the players come over here. It will be wonderful to see United here again.”