Manchester United pre-season trip to Australia confirmed for July | Manchester United



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Manchester United return to Australia for two games to be played before the anticipated crowds in the MCG during the Premier League club’s first overseas pre-season tour since 2019.

The Victorian government on Thursday confirmed the games in Melbourne against four-time A-League Men champion Melbourne Victory on July 15 and four days later, also Premier League club Crystal Palace.

United, who are expected to have a new manager in July, were last in Australia three years ago when they faced Leeds United and Perth Glory in Perth.

That was United’s third tour of Australia, after visiting in 1999 when they faced the Socceroos in Melbourne, and in 2013 for an exhibition game in Sydney against an A-League All Stars side.

Disruption from Covid-19 meant the club have been unable to leave the UK on tour since then.

The MCG has a capacity of 100,000 and given the huge interest in United and their star-studded team, the Victorian government said it expected the games to draw around 150,000 fans.

“This is a great opportunity to watch one of the world’s biggest sports teams play in Melbourne, the country’s sporting capital,” said Victoria’s Employment Minister Jaala Pulford.

More to follow.

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