Over the last few years, Manchester United Football Club have been on pre-season tour in the United States. However, next summer, things will be different as the Red Devils will head to Australia.
Going Down Under will be something different for the club, with Edward Woodward no doubt looking to exploit another market where United’s commercial growth can continue.
Sky Sports News says that the club has confirmed their first two fixtures, one against Perth Glory, with the other being against Leeds United. Yes, you read that correctly…
It’ll be the first time in eight years that United have taken on their Yorkshire rivals, whom they haven’t played in a league match since way back in 2004. While it’s not the same calibre or intensity, it’s always great to go up against the old foe, and no doubt the Australian crowd will be treated to a brilliant spectacle.
Games like these are what pre-season tours should be all about. While friendlies before the league campaign tend to focus on new signings, this time around, it’ll be different. It’s a game that United will actually want to go out and win – as opposed to just using the match to build up those all-important fitness levels.
No doubt as the year goes on we’ll hear more about other opponents. Hopefully, there are some more exciting fixtures to look forward to.