Our best day on tour so far
Thursday - the day after Manchester United beat AC Milan in that epic penalty shootout - was the best day so far on Tour 2018, presented by Aon.
Checking your phone seems to be the first thing most people do these days, even if it means immediately being exposed to work emails and a list of tasks to be done that day. But today, the phone-check wasn't a chore, it was a pleasure. What a boost it was for us all to see the great man looking so well and pledging to be back at Old Trafford in the new season.
The morning was a quiet one of rest and recovery for the players after their exertions against Milan. Twenty-six penalties! I’ve never commentated on a shoot-out like that and I was in severe danger of losing track of the score before confirming to our MUTV viewers that United had, in fact, won 9-8.
After a long night at the StubHub Center, the subsequent training session was switched from the morning to the afternoon at UCLA so the players were fresher.
David De Gea is also now with us after arriving in Los Angeles and it was great to see him and the warm welcome he received from his team-mates.
Bem Vindo, Fred! Gallery
Swipe through the images from our new no.17's first training session.
To round off the day, a number of us took the opportunity to see the Los Angeles derby as Major League Soccer's new boys LA FC took on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s LA Galaxy at the amazing Banc of California Stadium. Our former striker, who came to see us at UCLA earlier this week of course, didn't hit the net but it was great to see him play the full 90 as his side scored in the 82nd and 86th minutes to come back from 2-0 down and draw 2-2.
That's got to be worth switching over for, even if Die Hard happens to be on another channel.
The opinions expressed in this article are personal to the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.