Man United add Osaka date to pre-season tour

07 February 2013 11:47

Manchester United announced on Thursday that they will play Japanese side Cerezo Osaka as part of their pre-season preparations for the 2013-14 campaign.

The match will take place at Nagai Stadium on July 26, three days after United tackle Yokohama F Marinos in another game against J-League opposition.

United enjoy widespread support in Japan and their acquisition last year of Japanese international midfielder Shinji Kagawa has only served to boost their profile in the country.

As well as the two matches in Japan, United are also scheduled to play games in Sydney and Hong Kong.

"Manchester United first visited Japan over 20 years ago and our fans (in Japan) have always shown great support for the club," said United chief executive David Gill.

"We are all looking forward to returning and playing a great game against Cerezo Osaka."

Cerezo Osaka president Masao Okano said: "Our club Cerezo and the city of Osaka is happy to show this match with Manchester United to the fans in Osaka.

"We will promise to play our best for victory and to show the premium match to all the fans over the world."

Source: AFP