Soccer-Man Utd to play Rayo Vallecano in Ten Hag's first home game

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(Reuters) - Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag's first game at home will be a pre-season friendly against LaLiga side Rayo Vallecano at the end of July, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

The match at Old Trafford on July 31 will conclude United's preparations for the new leauge season, which starts on Aug. 6.

Ten Hag's side are due to visit Thailand and Australia as part of their pre-season tour before playing Atletico Madrid in Oslo and then Rayo, who finished 12th in LaLiga last term.

"Pre-season is all about preparation and this is a great opportunity for those squad members who may not have featured in some of our earlier Tour," United's football director John Murtough said in a statement https://www.manutd.com/en/news/detail/friendly-announced-as-erik-ten-hag-first-game-in-charge-at-old-trafford.

"This will be the new manager's first match at Old Trafford, and I am sure the fans will provide him with a warm welcome."

Ten Hag takes over at United following a dismal campaign under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, with the team finishing sixth in the league and missing out on Champions League qualification, having to settle for a place in the Europa League instead.

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris)

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