Football

Red Devils hit the beach

Louis van Gaal took his players for a stroll on Santa Monica beach as he started trying to develop a bond with his new Manchester United players.

Van Gaal and his 25-man squad touched down in Los Angeles yesterday morning (Singapore time) for the first leg of their pre-season tour.

United play the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday before heading to Denver, Washington DC and Detroit.

After arriving in Los Angeles, van Gaal and his players headed straight for the beach and then, after a brief stroll, to the Beverly Hills hotel where they will spend the next six nights.

Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher and Juan Mata all signed autographs for some of the 100-plus fans who had gathered to greet them.

Van Gaal and his squad had training scheduled at the StubHub Center, home of the Galaxy.

NOT IN SQUAD

Notable absentees include Patrice Evra, Anderson and Bebe.

Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj are also not with the squad after their World Cup exertions.

Youth-team products Sam Johnstone, Tyler Blackett, Michael Keane, Reece James, Jesse Lingard and Will Keane are part of the touring party.

However, there was also no room for James Wilson and Tom Lawrence, who made their first-term debut at the end of last season.

United had announced earlier this month that stars like Wayne Rooney, David de Gea and Mata would travel to the US along with new signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.

Michael Carrick is also out after undergoing ankle surgery on Thursday morning that could rule him out for the first two months of the season.

In his first press conference on Thursday, van Gaal said he would spend the next three or four weeks assessing the players he has at his disposal before deciding on potential new signings and departures.

- PA Sport.