Man Utd chief in admission as Arsenal and Liverpool fixtures confirmed | Football | Sport

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Manchester United have confirmed fixtures against fellow Premier League giants Liverpool and Arsenal in this summer’s pre-season tour of the USA. In preparation for the 2024/25 season, the 20-time league winners will head Stateside to contest matches against two of their biggest rivals for their legion of fans.

It has been announced that United will take on Arsenal before they face North West rivals Liverpool a week later. Los Angeles’ state-of-the-art SoFi Stadium will host the Red Devils’ game with the Gunners on Saturday, July 27.

This will mark the second consecutive year that these teams will do battle in the United States. In July 2023 in front of a sold-out crowd at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, United defeated Arsenal 2-0 courtesy of goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho, with the latter now on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

On Saturday, August 3rd, United will play Liverpool at the University of South Carolina’s (USC) William Brice Stadium. With a seating capacity of 77,559, this will be the biggest club football game ever played at this venue.

It will also be United’s first visit to South Carolina, which is renowned for its top university, impressive sports teams, and elite facilities. Last summer, United played four tour games across four American states in front of a total 235,168 fans, and the club is looking forward to playing in front of a US audience once again.

Following the announcement, Manchester United’s Football Director, John Murtough admitted the “quality of their opponents” was a key factor in deciding who to face as they prepare for next season. He said: “The quality of opponents lined up to play is at the highest level, giving the players an opportunity to gain valuable playing time, and for fans to see some of the most famous teams in world football playing live.

“We had an incredible time during last year’s visit to the US and we are pleased to be returning with the men’s team to prepare for the 2024/25 season. The popularity of English football is continuously growing in the US, and we’ve come to expect passionate and enthusiastic support from our US fan base.

“They didn’t disappoint last year and everyone at the club is looking forward to reconnecting with those fans again this summer.” He added: “Having secured some of the best sporting facilities the US has to offer, the club will create the optimum environment for the team to reconnect after their summer break, and work on match fitness before the start of the Premier League season.

“As is the club’s tradition during preseason, we’re expecting this tour to not only help prepare our first-team players but also give some of our exciting up-and-coming Academy talent the opportunity to experience training and playing within a first-team environment at some of the most impressive and historical US stadiums.”

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