Man United's first training session on pre-season tour in Thailand

Manchester United train in Thailand for the first time ahead of pre-season friendly against Liverpool… as summer signing Tyrell Malacia links up with his new team-mates including Bruno Fernandes, David de Gea and Jadon Sancho

  • United have taken a squad of 31 players to Thailand for their pre-season camp
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is a glaring omission, as he has been granted extra time off
  • But new signing Tyrell Malacia was all smiles during the first training session
  • Youngsters such as Zidane Iqbal and Charlie Savage have also been pictured

Manchester United’s players have trained in Thailand for the first time after arriving for their pre-season training camp. 

A squad of 31 players have travelled to the south east Asian country, while they will also visit Australia as Erik ten Hag ramps up preparations for his first season in charge. 

Wantaway forward Cristiano Ronaldo is a glaring omission from the group, as he has been granted additional time off to deal with a ‘family issue’. 

Manchester United have taken a squad of 31 players to Thailand for their pre-season camp

United’s only new signing so far this summer is Tyrell Malacia, who has joined from Feyenoord

David de Gea and Bruno Fernandes are two of the more senior players in United’s squad

United’s only new signing so far this summer is Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord and the Dutch left-back was all smiles as he emerged for the training session.  

David de Gea, Bruno Fernandes and Raphael Varane are three of the most senior players in the Red Devils’ squad and will look to lead by example in the absence of Ronaldo. 

Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho had a disappointing debut season at Old Trafford after signing from Borussia Dortmund last summer, so he will hope for improved fortunes to help him get back into the England squad. 

Raphael Varane is another who will aim to lead by example in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence

Jadon Sancho will aim to improve on his first year at United and get back in the England squad

Erik ten Hag is ramping up the preparations ahead of his first season in charge at Old Trafford

Zidane Iqbal is one of several young players in United’s pre-season squad hoping to impress

Ten Hag has also taken several youngsters on United’s pre-season tour, including Zidane Iqbal and Charlie Savage, who made their senior debuts last season. 

James Garner and Amad Diallo spent time out on loan in 2021-22 at Nottingham Forest and Rangers respectively, but are in the squad and could battle for a first-team place this season. 

United are in Thailand for the first time since 2013 and will take on Premier League rivals Liverpool in their first pre-season friendly on Tuesday. 

Charlie Savage, son of former Wales midfielder Robbie, made his debut for United last season

James Garner helped loan club Nottingham Forest get promoted to the Premier League in May

Another player who spent time out on loan was winger Amad Diallo, who went to Rangers

Bruno Fernandes looks relaxed during United’s first training session after arriving in Thailand

As well as Ronaldo, who wants to leave the club if a suitable offer comes in, Phil Jones, Brandon Williams and Andreas Pereira are the other first-team players who will miss the tour.

Williams is staying in the UK and will train at Carrington as he recovers from a minor issue, while Jones is to follow a specialist pre-season programme in an attempt to prevent potential injuries during the 2022-2023 campaign.

Pereira has also been afforded some time off following his loan spell with Flamengo last term. The Brazilian has agreed to move to Premier League side Fulham in a deal worth £10million. 

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