Manchester United’s planned tour of the United States is going to be a bit shorter than planned, and on one coast only.
That’s the word coming out of England, where Louis van Gaal has allegedly “won” his battle to organize the trip as he sees fit, with a return by Aug. 1 and only 12 days in the States.
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The West Coast is reportedly van Gaal’s preferred base for his Red Devils, as he seeks to avoid the cross-country tour that saw United in Carson, Denver, Landover, Ann Arbor and Miami Gardens.
It’s said that United would play a minimum of three matches with the potential for a fourth. The Telegraph speculates that United could be based in Seattle:
The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach was also exasperated by United having to overcome altitude and temperatures in excess of 30 degrees in order to contest a 2pm kick-off against AS Roma in Denver.
United have investigated basing themselves in Seattle this summer, where they have previously used the state-of-the-art training facilities of the Seattle Seahawks, and using the city as a base from which to fly in and out of match venues elsewhere in the western US and Canada.
So get your travel budget ready if you’re in the East; You’ll need less than a fortnight for an entire United-based vacation.