Manchester United players have been allowed some time to relax and enjoy themselves on their pre-season tour of the United States.
The squad have already visited Seattle for their contest with Club America. Louis van Gaal and his men are currently in California for matches with San Jose Earthquakes and Paris Saint-Germain before they jet off to Chicago for their final match against Barcelona.
Following their 3-1 victory over San Jose Earthquakes, Man United players have made the most of their day off, visiting San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate bridge and Google’s headquarters in Mountain View.
Members of the tour shared their Californian experiences on Twitter:
— Phil Jones (@PhilJones4) July 23, 2015
— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) July 23, 2015
— Andreas Pereira (@andrinhopereira) July 23, 2015
Van Gaal may not be particularly fond of United’s tour schedule, but for the players it’s a fantastic opportunity to develop team spirit, as well as being a good excuse to visit a different part of the world.
Andreas Pereira, on his first pre-season tour with the club, will be anxious to make a good impression on and off the pitch. The 19-year-old has shown his quality in wins over Club America and San Jose Earthquakes, but faces an uphill struggle to establish himself at United with a wide range of attacking talent already at van Gaal’s disposal.
Meanwhile, Phil Jones will need to improve on his mixed first season under van Gaal, especially if the Dutchman decides to bring in another centre-back during this window.
Finally, Juan Mata, who visited Google’s HQ with other teammates, faces stern competition for places in United’s attack next season. The much loved Spaniard will be hopeful of maintaining the blistering form he showed in the latter stages of the 2014/15 season.