Wednesday 22 November 2017

Manchester United to end gruelling pre-season fixture list with friendly against Sampdoria at the Aviva

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will be in Dublin in August
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will be in Dublin in August Newsdesk Newsdesk

Jose Mourinho's preparations for the 2017-18 season will include a trip to the Aviva Stadium in August for what will be their seventh game in 19 days.

It was confirmed this morning that Manchester United will face Sampdoria in a glamour friendly in Dublin on Wednesday, August 2 (kick-off 7.45pm).

United face games against Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid during their pre-season tour of the US in July and face Valerenga in Oslo three days before they play here.

Mourinho was highly critical of United's summer tour of the Far East last summer when the club's meeting with City was cancelled at the 11th hour due to the poor condition of the pitch in Beijing.

Manchester United have already been installed as 3/1 second favourites for the Premier League next season with the Portuguese expected to spend big this summer.

Sampdoria finished 10th in the Serie A this season, 40 point behind winners Juventus.

Commenting on the club’s summer plans, United’s executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, said: “The team has a good variety of games over the summer, playing in great stadiums and allowing a large number of our global family of fans to see live games across the world.

“The pre-season programme has been put together to ensure the manager and his squad have a great platform to prepare for next season with games against top-class opposition.”

Massimo Ienca, Sampdoria General Secretary, said: "It's a great honour for U.C. Sampdoria to take part in this prestigious international event in Dublin. We recently commemorated the 25th anniversary of our European Cup Final against Barcelona at Wembley - the pinnacle of our club's long history. Now, as then, Sampdoria are a respected club flying our unique flag and colours around the world.

"It is a pleasure to think that we will soon be playing against Manchester United, England's most successful club and one of this year's UEFA Europa League finalists. I'm sure the match will be a memorable occasion for everyone involved - and the fans especially."

Full schedule:

Sat 15 July - LA Galaxy; StubHub Center, Carson, California

Mon 17 July - Real Salt Lake; Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah

Thu 20 July - Manchester City; NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Sun 23 July - Real Madrid; Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Wed 26 July - Barcelona; FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Sun 30 July - Valerenga; Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo

Wed 2 Aug - Sampdoria; Aviva Stadium, Dublin

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