• Manchester United have named their 26-man squad for their pre-season tour of America
  • Victor Valdes is a surprise omission from Louis van Gaal’s squad, which includes Real Madrid target David de Gea
  • Brazilian defender Rafael has also been left out of Van Gaal’s squad for the tournament, which United won last year
  • Marcos Roja and Angel di Maria have been left out of the squad owing to their participation in the Copa America

Sean Gallagher for MailOnline

Victor Valdes was a surprise omission as Manchester United named their 26-man squad for their pre-season tour of America.

The 33-year-old, who only joined United six months ago, is the high-profile exclusion from Louis van Gaal’s squad, which included goalkeepers Sam Johnstone and Anders Lindegaard, as well as Real Madrid target David de Gea, despite the Spaniard’s future continuing to rumble on.

The news will come as a blow to Valdes, with his agent Gines Carvajal insisting that the former Barcelona goalkeeper doesn’t want to leave Old Trafford this summer, and instead wants to see out the remaining year of his contract while fighting for a first-team place.

United manager Louis van Gaal is hugged by one cheerful fan as he makes his way to check-in before the club's flight to America

United manager Louis van Gaal is hugged by one cheerful fan as he makes his way to check-in before the club’s flight to America

A number of fans crowd around Van Gaal, with one fan taking a selfie while another gives him a big hug, with the Dutchman all smiles

A number of fans crowd around Van Gaal, with one fan taking a selfie while another gives him a big hug, with the Dutchman all smiles

Wayne Rooney is all smiles as he meets new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger for the first time as team-mates at Manchester Airport

Wayne Rooney is all smiles as he meets new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger for the first time as team-mates at Manchester Airport

The experienced duo are seen in deep discussion before their flight as Manchester United fans wait to meet the players and staff behind

The experienced duo are seen in deep discussion before their flight as Manchester United fans wait to meet the players and staff behind

United skipper Wayne Rooney is pictured coming of the coach at Manchester airport
Phil Jones makes his way off the coach at Manchester Airport

Wayne Rooney (left) and Phil Jones (right) get off their coach at Manchester Airport as they get set for their pre-season tour to America

One of United's new signings, Matteo Darmian, is in good spirits as he makes his way off the coach
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is all smiles as he makes his way to the airport check-in

Matteo Darmian (left) also steps off the coach, while United executive vice- chairman Ed Woodward (right) makes his way to check-in

Memphis Depay (middle) leaves the Lowry Hotel in Manchester with two other males as he makes his way to the airport

Memphis Depay (middle) leaves the Lowry Hotel in Manchester with two other males as he makes his way to the airport

Manchester United have revealed their 26-man squad for their pre-season tour of America, which doesn't include Victor Valdes

Manchester United have revealed their 26-man squad for their pre-season tour of America, which doesn’t include Victor Valdes

UNITED FIXTURES ON PRE-SEASON TOUR OF AMERICA

United vs Club America, Date: Friday 17 July, CenturyLink Field, Seattle, KO 20:00 (local time)

United vs San Jose Earthquakes, Date: Tuesday 21 July, Avaya Stadium, San Jose, KO 20:00 (local time)

United vs Barcelona, Date: Saturday 25 July, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, KO 13:00 (local time)

United vs Paris Saint-Germain, Date: Wednesday 29 July, Soldier Field, Chicago, KO 20:00 (local time)

However, the recent news casts doubts over whether Valdes will remain at United for the 2015-16 campaign, despite uncertainties over De Gea’s long-term future. However, Sportsmail understands that Real are unwilling to meet the Red Devils’ asking price for the Spain goalkeeper currently.

Rafael was another notable exclusion from Van Gaal’s squad for the tour, which did include new signings Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.

United begin the defence of the International Champions Cup on Friday when they face Mexican outfit Club America, before further games against MLS side San Jose Earthquakes, Spanish giants Barcelona, and then finishing off against Paris Saint-Germain on July 29.

Members of the squad were picturing arriving at Manchester Airport on Monday afternoon ahead of their flight, with club captain Wayne Rooney seen greeting new signing Schweinsteiger.

Van Gaal was clearly in good spirits after the club’s recent impressive business in the transfer window, as he was greeted by fans at the airport with one in particular taking a shine to the Dutchman, giving him a big hug in the process. 

The former Bayern Munich midfielder, as well as Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schneiderlin were all pictured at the airport in their United club suits – something which had been seen earlier in the day thanks to the club’s official tailor.

Schweinsteiger, pictured walking through Manchester Airport, is a big signing for United
£25m man Morgan Schneiderlin looks cool and composed as he makes his way through Manchester airport

New United signings Schweinsteiger (left) and Morgan Schneiderlin (right) arrive at Manchester Airport on Monday

The 30-year-old Germany international signs a football for a United fan at the airport on Monday

The 30-year-old Germany international signs a football for a United fan at the airport on Monday

Fellow new signing Depay (left) and Luke Shaw (right) make their way to the luggage check-in ahead of their flight to Seattle

Fellow new signing Depay (left) and Luke Shaw (right) make their way to the luggage check-in ahead of their flight to Seattle

United assistant boss Ryan Giggs (left) has a conversation with Schweinsteiger, the club's latest recruit from Bayern Munich

United assistant boss Ryan Giggs (left) has a conversation with Schweinsteiger, the club’s latest recruit from Bayern Munich

Photos of the trio in their new suits had already circulated on social media after the club tailor had posted them on Twitter – all of which was prior to the club officially announcing Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin.

Elsewhere, United duo Marcos Rojo and Angel di Maria were not named in the squad for the tour, owing to their participation in the recent Copa America tournament.

MANCHESTER UNITED PRE-SEASON FOR AMERICA 2015 TOUR

Tyler Blackett, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Matteo Darmian, David De Gea, Memphis Depay, Jonny Evans, Marouane Fellaini, Sean Goss, Ander Herrera, Adnan Januzaj, Sam Johnstone, Phil Jones, Anders Lindegaard, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Patrick McNair, Andreas Pereira, Wayne Rooney, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, James Wilson

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard posts a selfie of his team-mates on the plane before the start of their flight

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard posts a selfie of his team-mates on the plane before the start of their flight

Ashley Young (right) posted a selfie on his official Instagram account of himself and fellow midfielder Daley Blind (left)

Ashley Young (right) posted a selfie on his official Instagram account of himself and fellow midfielder Daley Blind (left)

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