Manchester United’s preparations for next season are already in full swing, and the pre-season schedule has been extended by a trip to Oslo.
The Red Devils will play Leeds United at the Ullevaal Stadium on July 12, which means it will be their first match of the summer. This will be the first meeting of the two sides in Norway.
Next week, Ten Hag’s men will fight Olympic Lyon in Edinburgh, and then go on a tour of America.
There, American fans will have the opportunity to see how they play Arsenal, Wrexham, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
This will be Manchester United’s third visit to the Ullevaal Stadium in six years: last summer it hosted Atletico Madrid, Kristiansund in 2019 and Valerenga in 2017, all in pre-season.
About the match against Leeds, football director John Murtough said: “Manchester United is very popular in Norway, and we are happy to present this game to our Norwegian fans.
“Oslo is home to our largest official supporters club, and I know that our fans will come together to watch this historic match.
“There is a rich history and fierce rivalry between the two clubs, which provided Eric and the team with a competitive first match to begin preparations for the 2023/24 campaign.”
Leeds chief executive Paul Bell was also upbeat about the match, telling his internal media: “We are very happy to have secured this match against Manchester United, especially for Leeds United fans in Norway.
“The Leeds United Supporters Club in Scandinavia (LUSCOS) has more than 8,000 members, many of whom regularly come to England to watch Leeds United play home and away, so everyone is looking forward to the game in Oslo.”
There is a very high probability that Leeds will become champions the next time the two sides meet.
White needs to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the final match of his season to have any chance of survival, given Everton’s defeat by Bournemouth and Leicester’s poor result against West Ham United.