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Man Utd heading to Asia for pre-season tour

sports Updated: Jan 14, 2009 14:28 IST

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Manchester United will head to Asia in July for a pre-season tour with games in China, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia, chief executive David Gill said on Wednesday.

The Reds' provisional schedule will see the team depart from Manchester on July 16 for China where they will play in a yet-to-be-decided city.

From there, they move to Seoul for a match on July 20 and then down to Jakarta for the first time, where they will take on an Indonesia Super League Select at the massive Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on July 24.

The Premier League champions wrap up the tour against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on July 26.

"Our tours to Asia are always special," Gill said in Macau.

"The atmosphere generated by the supporters is amazing. The club enjoys unrivalled support across the continent and it is great to give those fans the opportunity to see their heroes in action in their own country.

"This tour takes in some new areas with a game in Malaysia, where we haven't played since 2001, and one in Indonesia, so it promises to provide some exciting new experiences."

United were last in Asia in December when they won the Club World Cup in Japan.