Manchester United confirm venue for overseas derby




Manchester United and neighbours City will feature in an overseas pre-season friendly in the United States of America on July 20th as part of what has been dubbed ‘the Unmissable Tour 2017’.

United’s summer tour of the USA is presented by sponsors Aon and the venue for the derby clash with City is the NRG Stadium in Houston where both Manchester clubs will meet for the first time on foreign soil in the International Champions Cup.

The venue for the match was announced at a special event in Houston, Texas on Monday, with club legend Denis Irwin in attendance for the Reds.

In addition to being the home of the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, NRG Stadium has played host to a number of major sporting events, including two Super Bowls, two NCAA Men’s Final Fours, Copa America, Gold Cup and various top international soccer matches featuring the United States Women’s and Men’s National Teams, the Mexican Men’s National Team and some of the top football clubs in the world.

“The game in Houston gives our large US family of fans another chance to see the team play live,” said United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

“The last time we played in Houston, over 70,000 packed the stadium and we are looking forward to entertaining them again.”

United confirmed on their website that tickets for the City game will go on sale to the general public on 23th May.

The Red Devils will play six matches as part of Tour 2017 including games against City, Real Madrid and Barcelona as Jose Mourinho looks to put his side in top shape ahead of the 2017/18 season.

United last played at the NRG, formerly Reliant Stadium in 2010 when they thrashed the MLS All-Stars 5-2 courtesy of a brace from Federico Macheda, one goal each from Darron Gibson and Tom Cleverley and a debut strike from new signing Javier Hernandez.


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