Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial leave the team's hotel in Singapore

United's tour squad moves on to China

Monday 22 July 2019 11:00

The Manchester United squad embarked on the penultimate leg of Tour 2019 on Monday, boarding a flight to Shanghai from Singapore Changi Airport.

The Reds underwent a final training session before departing, which took place at the Singapore American School in the Woodlands area to the north of the island city-state. The workout was the squad's first since the 1-0 win over Inter Milan, a game that was shown live on MUTV and featured the second goal in strike in as many games from 17-year-old forward Mason Greenwood.

Saturday's performance was arguably United's best of Tour 2019 so far, richly deserving of a third consecutive pre-season win and ensuring that the overwhelming majority of the 52,897 fans in attendance – who cheered long and hard for the Reds –  left Singapore National Stadium with smiles on their faces.

The only regret was that Tahith Chong and Victor Lindelof were both forced to leave the field early after picking up knocks.
However, Lindelof took part in training on Monday at the American School, which augurs well in terms of his availability for Thursday's game against Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, at Hongkou Football Stadium in Shanghai (kick-off 12:30 BST, live on MUTV).
Lee Grant, who has been unable to play in any tour games so far due to a slight injury, could also be seen, undergoing some fitness work away from the main group. However, last summer's signing from Stoke City did not take part in the initial goalkeeping drills undergone by David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira at the start of the day's work.
United have spent most of the last five days here in Singapore and have been warmly welcomed, with huge support greeting every Aaron Wan-Bissaka tackle in the triumph against Inter, and hundreds of fans serenading the squad as they checked into a hotel on Marina Bay.
The day after the Inter Milan triumph, many of the playing staff could be seen around the city interacting with fans and, in Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial's case, challenging them to a few games of table football.
The Singapore trip followed 11 positive days in Perth, where Perth Glory and Leeds United were beaten in Tour 2019's first two fixtures, and United enjoyed numerous positive training workouts at the iconic WACA ground, famous for hosting England-Australia Ashes cricket matches.

The squad will train in Shanghai on Tuesday, after arriving in the world's most populous city around 19:00 local time or 12:00 BST today (Monday). Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hold his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, shortly before a further training session.
Thursday's clash with Tottenham is United's second fixture in the International Champions Cup and will be the fourth of six pre-season games to be shown live on MUTV.

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