Manchester United announce dates for two-match Australia tour – taking on Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace at the MCG
- Manchester United will fly to Australia for two pre-season matches from July 15
- Red Devils to face Melbourne Victory & fellow EPL side Crystal Palace at MCG
- Manchester United last visited Melbourne back in 1999, played the Socceroos
English Premier League club Manchester United has confirmed they are heading to Australia for a two-match pre-season tour in July.
The Red Devils will take on Tony Popovic’s Melbourne Victory on Friday July 15 and then fellow EPL side Crystal Palace on Tuesday July 19.
Both matches will be staged at the iconic MCG and are expected to attract about 150,000 spectators.
Victorian Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford said news of Manchester United arriving on local shores will create a natural buzz for sports fans.
‘They will be a major drawcard to attract visitors to Melbourne and encourage locals to head into the city for the games,’ she said.
EPL giants Manchester United have confirmed a pre-season tour to Australia this year
The Red Devils will take on Melbourne Victory and fellow EPL side Crystal Palace during their pre-season tour in July
Both pre-season matches will be played at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (pictured)
‘This is a great opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest sporting teams play in Melbourne – the nation’s sporting capital.’
Manchester United have won 13 English Premier League titles and enjoy a legion of fans globally.
The club has a huge Australian following and there will be strong demand for tickets to the Red Devils’ first Melbourne matches since 1999.
The tour follows the success of previous English Premier League exhibition matches, including Liverpool in 2013 and Manchester City two years later.
Any travel to Australia is complicated for unvaccinated visitors in Covid times.
If not fully jabbed, players will require a travel exemption in order to enter the country or quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic was deported on the eve of the Australian Open in January when Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancelled the Serbian’s visa.
The vast majority of United’s squad are believed to be vaccinated.