Manchester United, Leeds to tour Down Under

Manchester United are set to visit Perth for the first time in 44 years, with confirmation that they will play two fixtures at Optus Stadium in July 2019.

The Premier League's most successful club will take on Hyundai A-League outfit Perth Glory on Saturday, July 13 before renewing their rivalry with Leeds United on Wednesday, July 17.

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It will be the fifth time United have toured Australia, with the first visit being by Sir Matt Busby's team in 1967 while they last visited in Sydney in 2013 to take on a Hyundai A-League All-Star team.

United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, told the club's official website: “Our pre-season tour is an integral part of the squad’s preparation for the forthcoming season and after what will be a forty-four year absence since we last played in Perth, we are delighted to be returning to Western Australia to play not just one, but two games against Perth Glory and Leeds United.

"As well as preparing for the season ahead, the club will also have the opportunity to engage with our loyal fans in Australia, who last got the chance to see us play in Sydney in 2013."

It will also provide the chance for the many Australian Leeds United fans to see their club in action, with their full tour to be confirmed.

Leeds have enjoyed rich links with Australian football, with Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell previously enjoying successful years at the club.

Angus Kinnear, CEO of Leeds United Football Club, told their official club website: “We are delighted to confirm the news about our exciting trip to Perth next summer with our fanbase. A lot of hard work behind-the-scenes has gone into making this possible and I’m sure it will be a great success.

“The trip, including the game against long-standing rivals Manchester United and some more fixtures still to be announced, will be a fantastic part of our centenary season and it is expected to attract thousands of visitors.

“From the feedback we’ve seen since the first reports of the project, we envisage around four to five thousand of those visitors being our passionate supporters from all over the world – we look forward to seeing you all there.”

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This article was originally published on the Hyundai A-League website.