Manchester United to play Leeds on pre-season tour of Australia

Manchester United announce plans to tour Australia during pre-season with Jose Mourinho’s side to take on Leeds for the first time since 2011 in Perth

  • Manchester United will go to Australia as part of next summer’s pre-season tour
  • They will face Championship outfit Leeds United in Perth as part of the jaunt
  • It is the first time the rivals from either side of the Pennines have met since 2011
  • It is believed United will also go to Hong Kong and Japan as part of their plans 

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Manchester United have announced that a spell in Australia forms part of next summer’s lucrative pre-season tour.

They will face Leeds United in Perth as part of the jaunt.

It is the first time the rivals from either side of the Pennines have met since 2011, when they played in a League Cup clash.

Manchester United will head to Australia as part of their pre-season tour and will take on Leeds

Manchester United will head to Australia as part of their pre-season tour and will take on Leeds

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds will meet United on July 17.

It is believed United will also take in Hong Kong and Japan during their preparations for next season.

United would likely command seven-figure sums to play in each of the countries they opt for.

America has been the club’s preferred destination in recent years, with Jose Mourinho comfortable at the familiar UCLA base in California.

It is the first time the rivals from either side of the Pennines have met since 2011 at Elland Road

It is the first time the rivals from either side of the Pennines have met since 2011 at Elland Road

United have been to the States in four of the last five campaigns. Their last trip away from there, China during Mourinho’s first term, was fraught with difficulties.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: ‘Our pre-season tour is an integral part of the squad’s preparation for the forthcoming season.

‘After what will be a 44-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.’ 



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