PRE-SEASON TOUR: VICTORY CONFIRM UNITED CLASH
Australian A-league outfit Melbourne Victory have confirmed that they would face Premier League heavyweights Manchester United in a friendly match this summer. It was revealed that Melbourne Victory will take on the Red Devils on their pre-season tour of Australia in the summer in what would be their first pre-season tour since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The match between hosts Melbourne Victory and Manchester United will hold at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on Friday, July 15 just some days before the Red Devils take on fellow Premier League team Crystal Palace. According to the statement from Melbourne Victory, the friendly encounter between the club and Manchester United has been scheduled for 11:10am UK time.
Manchester United will take on Crystal Palace on July 19 and four days after they have faced Victory. The Red Devils have faced Palace once in the Premier League this season and it was in the first game under interim manager Ralf Rangnick with Brazil international Fred turning out to be the recipient of the winning goal. Fred scored the only goal of the game to give Manchester United a 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace. The two teams are yet to meet for the second and final league meeting of the season.
In addition to games against Crystal Palace and Melbourne Victory, Manchester United will also play Premier League rivals Liverpool on their pre-season tour of the Middle East. The two Premier League teams will face off in the city of Bangkok, Thailand on July 12. Liverpool thrashed Manchester United 5-0 away from home in their one and only meeting this season with Egyptian international Mohamed Salah getting three of the goals. The two teams will meet for their second and final league clash at Anfield later this month.