Sir Alex Ferguson thinks Manchester United’s participation in the International Champions Cup will prepare the squad well for the season ahead.
The Red Devils will face neighbours Manchester City on July 20 in their opening match of the competition with the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona also taking part.
And Ferguson is backing the tournament to help United’s squad thrive in the big matches next campaign.
“The great thing about United is you’ve got to accept the challenge of beating the best,” Ferguson told ManUtd.com.
“The expectation is always there and the matches we’ll face in the ICC are all big ones.
“It’s very good for the younger players to come into this type of competition in terms of preparing to be a Manchester United player.
“The more intense the challenge they can get, the better prepared they will be when facing Manchester City in an important league match or Real Madrid or Barcelona in Europe.
“The preparation to play in games as big as that can be started in pre-season tournaments like the ICC, which is fantastic.”