Members of the Manchester United first-team squad returned to the club’s Carrington training complex on the first day of pre-season training.
David de Gea, Tom Heaton, Nathan Bishop, Phil Jones, Alvaro Fernandez, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams and Donny van de Beek were among the senior arrivals at 9.30 a.m. Monday. The report of another batch is to come later today.
A club source said Monday morning’s return time was too short before the medical test, which began on Friday, as evidenced by this. Manchester Evening News ,
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United manager Erik ten Haag told club media last month that the first day of the pre-season would take place on 27 June and the date was billed on the club’s website as “among key dates”.
Several Under-23 players came to Carrington on Monday as they had to be among the first to prepare before training with the first team. Ten Haig arrived at 8 a.m. and his assistant Steve McClaren also left early in Carrington.
United players participating in June’s international rounds are due to start pre-season training from next Monday. Club sources say some returns will be staggered. United will fly to Bangkok on 8 July for the first leg of their pre-season tour.
Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, Rafael Varane, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay, James Garner, Fred, Hannibal Mezbury, Bruno Fernandes, Faasundo Pallistri, Alejandro Garnacho, Anthony Elanga and Cristiano Ronaldo were all on international duty in June.
Players on international duty are usually given a break of at least three weeks before returning to their club.
Many of United’s non-internationals were overseas last week, but some checked in at Carrington on the Friday before Monday’s official return date.