How Manchester United’s summer has been shaping up

Donny van de Beek celebrates scoring for Manchester United

Our second match of our US Tour comes against our long-standing Premier League rivals Manchester United at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey 

We are the third of eight opponents United will face during the course of a busy summer, as Erik ten Hag continues to run the rule over the squad he inherited a year ago after arriving from Ajax.

Ahead of Saturday's meeting (find out how you can watch online), here’s a little refresher on how things have gone for the Red Devils since the final day of the Premier League season: 

How did last season go?

Erik ten Hag with the Carabao Cup

The 2022/23 campaign was Ten Hag’s first in charge and it’s fair to say it came with plenty of challenges. He was forced to move on Cristiano Ronaldo after dressing room unrest, and suffered humiliating losses to Brentford (0-4), Manchester City (3-6) and Liverpool (0-7) across the course of the campaign.

However, it still ended in relative success after the Dutchman delivered the club's first silverware since 2016 with a League Cup win against Newcastle United, reached the FA Cup final and pushed the team to a third place finish and a return to the Champions League.

How has the summer been?

Antony of Manchester United

The uncertainty with the club's ownership continues as talks with INEOS billionaire Sir James Ratcliffe and Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim continue to dominate the headlines surrounding the club, with a resolution for the takeover of the Glazer-owned club still ongoing.

Meanwhile, Ten Hag has taken the decision to strip Harry Maguire of the club captaincy, after he fell out of favour last term.

On the pitch, a youth-filled squad recorded a 2-0 win against historic rivals Leeds United in Oslo, before a slightly-stronger side then beat Lyon 1-0 in Glasgow with Donny van de Beek grabbing the only goal of the game.

Following our match in New Jersey, United will take on Wrexham, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund Stateside, before hosting Lens at home and finishing off a mamouth pre-season with a trip to Dublin to take on Atletic Bilbao.

What new faces will we see?

Mason Mount playing for Manchester United

Ten Hag has managed to make one major summer signing, acquiring Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount in a deal thought to be worth £60 million, and the Blues academy graduate will wear the iconic number 7 shirt at Old Trafford for the upcoming season. 

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Andre Onana completed a £48 million switch from Inter Milan on Friday and jetted straight off to the US to link up with his new team, while veteran defender Jonny Evans has rejoined the club on a short-term contract following the expiration of his deal at Leicester City.

Who won't we see?

David de Gea


After 12 years at the club, goalkeeper David de Gea announced that he was leaving the club after the expiration of his contract. He had made 545 appearances since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Phil Jones, another player that has spent the last 12 years in Manchester, also departed as a free agent, while Axel Tuanzebe and Zidane Iqbal headlined a number of youngsters who have left for pastures new. 

How can I watch the game?

Metlife Stadium

All the action from Metlife Stadium will be streamed live on Arsenal.com and our official app.

The game will kick off at 10pm UK time, but our Breakdown Live matchday show starts an hour earlier when Nick Bright and Adrian Clarke will be live from Emirates Stadium providing all the insight and analysis ahead of kick-off, before handing over to Max Jones and Jeremie Aliadiere on commentary.

All this can be viewed on desktop, mobile devices or the app by buying a Match Pass for just £4.99 - but only if you purchase before the day of the game, when the price rises to £6.99.

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