Man United will face Liverpool in Bangkok as part of their July pre-season tour
Manchester United have confirmed they will take on fierce rivals Liverpool in a blockbuster pre-season friendly in Bangkok, Thailand in July.
United return to the Thai capital for the first time since 2013, with ‘The Match’ Centenary Cup taking place at the Rajamangala stadium on July 12.
The Red Devils also confirmed they will then travel to Melbourne to take on Melbourne Victory on Friday July 15 and then fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace on Tuesday July 19.
United’s Football Director, John Murtough said: ‘Pre-season tours are such an important part of the squad’s preparation for the season ahead, so it’s crucial to have excellent training facilities and high-quality opposition.
‘We’re delighted that we’ll have both these things during our visits to Bangkok and Melbourne this summer, and we’re looking forward to playing in front of our fans in both cities for the first time in a number of years.’
United Chief Operating Officer, Collette Roche, said: ‘It has been two years since the club has been able to travel on an international pre-season tour, so we can’t wait to get going this summer and reconnect with our fans in south-east Asia and Australasia.
‘Our matches in Bangkok and Melbourne will be a wonderful opportunity for international fans to see their favourite players up-close in an exciting schedule of games.’
Plenty of prominent British clubs often travel abroad in pre-season for profitable matches, with Celtic and Rangers set to contest the Sydney Super Cup in November with a potential crowd of 83,000, to the consternation of both sets of supporters.
The news comes shortly after former United manager Louis van Gaal accused the Red Devils of being a ‘commercial club’ rather than a ‘football club’.
Discussing compatriot Erik ten Hag of Ajax – in contention to replace Ralf Rangnick as boss at Old Trafford this summer – Holland chief van Gaal bemoaned the long and tiring pre-season tours encouraged by the United board.