Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United side will jet out to Norway to face Atletico Madrid in a friendly

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Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United side will jet out to Norway to face Atletico Madrid in a friendly at the end of July with the Red Devils set to travel to Oslo after completing their tour of Thailand and Australia

  • Manchester United will play Atletico Madrid in a pre-season friendly in Oslo
  • The two teams will go head-to-head at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo on July 30
  • Erik ten Hag is against playing any pre-season friendslies in the UK this summer
  • The Red Devils will return to training on June 20th to work on their fitness levels

Manchester United have revealed that Erik ten Hag’s squad will play a pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid ahead of the 2022-2023 campaign.

The fixture between the two European giants will take place at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo on Saturday July 30 at 14:00 local time.

The pre-season friendly against the LaLiga giants will take place after United’s tour of Thailand and Australia.

Erik ten Hag's Manchester United squad will play a pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid

Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United squad will play a pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid

The Red Devils finished off the 2021-2022 Premier League season with a loss to Crystal Palace

The Red Devils finished off the 2021-2022 Premier League season with a loss to Crystal Palace

The Red Devils will be looking to prove their worth against Atletico after the Spanish giants kicked them out of the Champions League in March.

United lost 1-0 to Diego Simeone’s side at Old Trafford after Renan Lodi scored the only goal of the game in the first half.

As a result, United – who had already been knocked out of the FA Cup – lost the last-16 tie 2-1 on aggregate.

United will be looking to prove their worth against Atletico after the Spanish giants kicked them out of the Champions League in March (above)

United will be looking to prove their worth against Atletico after the Spanish giants kicked them out of the Champions League in March (above)

It was Renan Lodi's (above) header that secured the Spanish giants the victory at Old Trafford

It was Renan Lodi’s (above) header that secured the Spanish giants the victory at Old Trafford

The Red Devils will be eager to get their revenge against the Spanish side when they go head-to-head in July.

Speaking about the pre-season friendly, United’s football director, John Murtough, said: ‘Pre-season is such an important part of the squad’s preparations for the season ahead.

‘Our players and coaching staff will be relishing the opportunity to play against such a high-caliber opponent in Atletico Madrid, as well as the chance to perform in front of a full stadium of passionate Norwegian fans.’

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The club’s chief operating officer, Collette Roche, added: ‘Manchester United has a deep and long-standing relationship with Norway and we are delighted to be returning to play at the Ullevaal Stadium this summer.’

As a result, Manchester United finished the season in 6th position under Ralf Rangnick

As a result, Manchester United finished the season in 6th position under Ralf Rangnick

Manchester United's football director, John Murtough, is excited about the pre-season friendly

Manchester United’s football director, John Murtough, is excited about the pre-season friendly

The announcement came shortly after the news broke that United would not be playing any pre-season friendslies in England this summer.

As a result, United fans will have to wait until August 6 – the start of the 2022-2023 Premier League season – to see the Dutch manager in action in the UK.

The Red Devils were due to be back in for pre-season training on July, 4, but is now understood ten Hag wants his players to report back on June, 20 to get them in shape ahead of the start of the Premier League season.

The Red Devils were due to be back in for pre-season training on July, 4, but is now understood ten Hag wants his players to report back on June, 20

The Red Devils were due to be back in for pre-season training on July, 4, but is now understood ten Hag wants his players to report back on June, 20

Ten Hag will put United through their paces next month as he think the squad could be fitter

Ten Hag will put United through their paces next month as he think the squad could be fitter

The former Ajax manager watched United’s last few games of the 2021-2022 season and was said to be unimpressed by the fitness levels of the squad.

The 52-year-old believes a handful of United’s defeats this season could have been avoided if the team was fitter. As a result, Ten Hag will put the Red Devils through their paces next month.

United will also work on their tactics and general match play by facing Australia and the Far East in their first pre-season friendly tour for three years.

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