Fergie: United Need Tough Pre-Season Matches

Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledges the fact that United need tough pre-season matches to prepare them for next season.

Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United’s pre-season fixtures against Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid will provide the perfect preparation for big games next season.

Sir Alex Ferguson was United’s boss when the lifted the Premier League 20 times.

United will travel to the United States for their summer tour, with two friendlies against LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake before International Champions Cup (ICC) fixtures against Premier League rivals City and both Spanish sides.

United, who will also play Valerenga and Sampdoria at the start of August, will return to the Champions League next season after winning the Europa League and Ferguson says it is important for Jose Mourinho’s side to face the best in the world ahead of the new campaign.

“The great thing about United is you’ve got to accept the challenge of beating the best,” Ferguson told the club’s official website.

The Red Devils will face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup Finals on Tuesday, August 8, 2:45 PM at Philip II Arena, Skopje.

United’s game against Real Madrid in 2014 attracted a record crowd for a football match in the US, with 109,318 in attendance for the friendly fixture and Ferguson expects fans to come out in big numbers again this summer.

“Every time we come to the States we get a full house and that tells you everything,” Ferguson added.

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