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Manchester United set to train in California next preseason - sources

Jose Mourinho is set to take Man United's preseason training to California next summer.

Jose Mourinho is set to take Manchester United to California next summer in order to avoid the chaotic preseason preparations endured by his players in China earlier this year.

Sources at United have told ESPN FC that Mourinho is already making plans to put his squad through their paces at the UCLA sports facility in Westwood -- a complex he has visited six times before with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

The United manager voiced his anger and frustration during the club's problematic summer tour of China this year, with a high-profile friendly against Manchester City in Beijing cancelled due to the pitch at the Bird's Nest Stadium being regarded as unplayable by both clubs.

Mourinho was also unhappy with the conditions his players were forced to train in, with the Portuguese citing the heavy rain in Beijing and oppressive heat in Shanghai, where United faced Borussia Dortmund, as being detrimental to efforts to boost fitness ahead of the start of the Premier League campaign.

United have now granted Mourinho's request to spend next season in the United States, however, and club secretary John Alexander spent last week in Los Angeles visiting the university and fine-tuning logistics ahead of the prosposed July trip.

The club will once again participate in the International Champions Cup -- the summer tournament hosted by Relevent Sports in the States, China and Australia -- and it is likely that United will play four games in the States during a stay of up to three weeks in the country.

Mourinho shares predecessor Louis van Gaal's belief that the west coast climate is more conducive to preseason preparations than the more humid and unpredictable summer conditions in the east coast, but while United could still play games in the east, the initial fitness work will be undertaken in California.

United last toured the U.S. in the summer 2015, when they spent ten days building up their fitness at the Seattle Seahawks' Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC. Follow him @MarkOgden_


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