17/12/2012 09:22, Report by J Tuck, S Bibby

Video: Pre-season précis

Hundreds of thousands of fans got closer to their heroes during United’s DHL Tour 2012, which spanned three continents during July and August.

Summer signings Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell enjoyed their first action early in the tour, while several senior stars joined the clutch of talented youngsters in the squad for the latter half.

The Reds played in their new home and away shirts for the first time as the six games provided valuable match-fitness for nearly all the players in the squad as they build up to the new season.

Watch our summary of the action from the Reds’ trip to South Africa, China, Norway, Sweden and Germany.

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