Manchester United announce dates for two-match Australian tour
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.
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.
‘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.