Manchester United confirm squad for tour of China

Jose Mourinho has named his 25-man squad for his new club's pre-season tour or China as they face Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.

Manchester United confirm squad for tour of China
Above: De Gea and Mata as the squad fly out to China | Photo: Matthew Peters/Manchester United

Premier League side Manchester United have confirmed their 25-man squad for their upcoming tour of China.

Traveling to the Far East

Jose Mourinho is looking to build on an opening victory in the 2-0 win over Wigan by taking his squad to China to take on Borussia Dortmund and then Manchester City.

There are some significant additions to the tour, with new signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly making the trip. They will also be joined by a number of players who are returning from Euro 2016-enforced extended holidays, with Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford, Chris Smalling, Paddy McNair and David De Gea all on the plane.

Youngsters Will Keane and Andreas Pereira have earned a place with their goals at the DW Stadium, with Luke Shaw also joining as he continues on his road to recovery.

Above: Marcus Rashford in action for Manchester United last season | Photo: Getty Images
Above: Marcus Rashford in action for Manchester United last season | Photo: Getty Images

Relishing the tour

It could prove to be a big season for Rashford, after bursting onto the scene in the second half of last season, and the youngster is looking forward to his first tour with the senior squad.

He told United's official website that"it means a lot to be going" as it is an "opportunity to show the manager what you've got and you have to take the opportunity when it comes" and will be a "massive experience especially with the players that could be going as well. I’ve got a lot I can learn from them."

Rashford concluded that "it’s crazy to see their support" but admitted that the "conditions can be difficult to play in as we witnessed in the tournament we were in back then but we got through it and it was a really good experience."

Full traveling squad

Goalkeepers

De Gea, Romero, Johnstone

Defenders

Bailly, Blind, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, McNair, Rojo, Shaw, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Valencia

Midfielders

Carrick, Herrera, Januzaj, Lingard, Mata, Memphis, Mkhitaryan, A.Pereira, Young

Strikers

Keane, Rashford, Rooney.

Manchester United will take on Borussia Dortmund at the Shanghai Stadium on Friday, July 22 with kick-off at 1pm BST.