United train on first day in Thailand
Manchester United trained in Bangkok for the first time on Saturday afternoon, hours after landing in the Thai capital.
The flight between Manchester and the south-east Asian city took around 12 hours, meaning the aeroplane checked in to Don Mueang Airport shortly after 10am local time.
With the club in Thailand for the first time since 2013, United’s players and staff were greeted with a warm welcome, as fans packed inside the terminal building and waited outside the team hotel to greet them.
After acclimatising to their new surroundings, Erik ten Hag and his squad left for the STB Academy under leaden skies and when they arrived, the heavens had opened and increased the muggy feeling on an already very humid afternoon.
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Take a look at our photographs from the Reds' first session at the STB Academy in Bangkok.
All 31 members of Erik ten Hag’s squad – 27 outfielders and four goalkeepers – were present at our inaugural session of Tour 2022 and each stopped in turn to greet and shake the hand of Bryan Robson, who is one of three Legends on the trip along with Treble heroes Denis Irwin and Andrew Cole.
Just two weeks into pre-season, and with some of United’s players having only returned this week, fitness is still the name of the game and the session started with stretches and shuttle runs in handsome surroundings, with high-rise buildings and greenery surrounding the pitch.
Of course, United’s pre-season programme gets under way in just under 72 hours in this city, when we face old rivals Liverpool at the Rajamangala Stadium.
The work will continue to ramp up until then, with a number of interviews and press conferences sprinkled in.
As ever, we’ll bring you all the latest via ManUtd.com and the United App and don’t forget that MUTV is the only place where you can watch all of the Tour 2022 games live.