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Man Utd to meet A-League All-Stars in July

Premier League giants Manchester United will take on an A-League All-Star team in a match in Sydney next year.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) in conjunction with the NSW Government and Destination NSW has today confirmed that United will play the A-League All Stars at ANZ Stadium in July.

The 19-time English champions and three-time European title-holders will travel to Australia for their pre-season tour prior to the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League campaign and FFA chief David Gallop is excited about their impending arrival.

"Having Manchester United as the opponent for our first ever A-League All Star game will put the Hyundai A-League on the world stage," said Gallop.

"I'm absolutely delighted that Australian fans will get to see the Red Devils in action against the best A-League players. It's a massive opportunity for our players and one the fans won't want to miss.

"On behalf of the football community, I thank Manchester United, the NSW Government, its agency Destination NSW, and ANZ Stadium for making this tour possible."

United chief executive David Gill added: "The game and training camp that will take place in Sydney will be an important part of the team's preparation for the 2013/14 season.

"We are delighted to accept the invitation from the New South Wales Government and Football Federation Australia to visit one of the world's truly great cities.

"There are three main reasons we go on pre-season tour. First and foremost is the team's preparation for the season ahead. But the tour also allows us to engage with our global fan base and network of commercial partners.

"It has been a while since we last visited Sydney and we are looking forward to renewing our relationship with our loyal and enthusiastic Australian fans."

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