United's last 10 openers on pre-season tours

Wednesday 22 June 2022 07:00

Manchester United will begin Tour 2022 with a game against Liverpool in Bangkok on 12 July.

The stay in Thailand and Australia represents a first full overseas tour since the pandemic and an opportunity to get vital minutes under the players' belts in preparation for the Premier League opener against Brighton & Hove Albion on 7 August. All of our pre-season games will be shown live on MUTV.

There have been some mixed results, and plenty of goals, over the years in the opening tour fixture as you can read in our recap of the last 10...

Watch action from our last tour opener - against Perth Glory in 2019.

2019: Perth Glory 2-0

Daniel James was voted Man of the Match in his first appearance for the Reds but the goals came from Academy graduates Marcus Rashford and James Garner. Rashford finished off a Paul Pogba flick before substitute Garner wrapped things up with a low drive.

2018: Club America 1-1

United had to settle for a draw after falling behind to a Henry Martin header in Phoenix. Juan Mata had earlier hit the woodwork when he grabbed the equaliser by firing past substitute keeper Oscar Jiminez.

2017: LA Galaxy 5-2

It rained goals in California, with Rashford taking just two minutes to get the ball rolling. Mata set up Rashford for his second before Marouane Fellaini converted a pass by Jesse Lingard. United manager Jose Mourinho made 11 changes at the break but the dominance continued, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial nudging the scoreline up to 5-0. Giovani dos Santos pulled a couple of goals back for the local side.

2016: Borussia Dortmund 1-4

Mkhitaryan's goal against his former employers was the only bright spot as the Reds suffered a heavy defeat to the Bundesliga outfit, in an International Champions Cup clash in Shanghai. Gonzalo Castro and a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty handed the Germans a 2-0 lead at the interval, before Ousmane Dembele added a third. Mkhitaryan quickly replied, only for Castro to net again with four minutes remaining.

2015: Club America 1-0

Morgan Schneiderlin would only register one competitive goal for the Reds but he took just five minutes of his friendly debut to steer in a header from a Mata cross. It proved to be the end of the scoring for Louis van Gaal's men on the day, with Ander Herrera and Adnan Januzaj going the closest to extending our lead over the Mexicans in Seattle.

See how Morgan Schneiderlin scored against Club America in 2015.

2014: LA Galaxy 7-0

The Californians were also our first opponents on the 2014 tour and were well beaten in a one-sided affair as the van Gaal era started in style. Danny Welbeck opened the scoring before three players added doubles - Wayne Rooney, full-back Reece James and Ashley Young. The latter's strikes came in the closing stages at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.

2013: Thai All-Star XI 0-1

David Moyes's spell in charge started with a pre-season loss, inflicted by a goal from opposition skipper Teeratep Winothai, four minutes into the second half. New boy Wilfried Zaha almost made the desired impact when coming off the bench for United but his drive hit a post.

2012: AmaZulu 1-0

Federico Macheda was the match winner with a 19th-minute goal, created by Dimitar Berbatov. Anders Lindegaard preserved the lead with a fine save to thwart Josef Letka as Sir Alex Ferguson's side picked up the victory in South Africa.

Federico Macheda scores against New England Revolution in 2011.

2011: New England Revolution 4-1

The hosts ensured the first period at the Gillette Stadium remained goalless with a resilient display, but the Reds turned on the class in the second half. Four goals inside 10 minutes brought the game to life in Foxborough with Italian striker Macheda helping himself to two of them. Michael Owen had broken the deadlock, with Kenny Mansally replying for New England. Ji-sung Park put the icing on the cake with 10 minutes remaining.

2010: Celtic 3-1

The Glasgow giants were the Reds' opponents in Toronto in a hard-fought friendly. Berbatov's left-footed opener was cancelled out by Georgios Samaras but the Bulgarian striker crossed for Welbeck to restore the lead on 79 minutes. Tom Cleverley made the game safe with a late third, with his shot taking a deflection off Darren O'Dea.


Every pre-season tour game will be shown live on MUTV, which is now available on ManUtd.com and in the United App.