Man United and Liverpool 'to play pre-season friendly in Thailand'

Manchester United and Liverpool ‘will go head-to-head in a pre-season friendly in Thailand in July’, with Premier League rivals set to embark on their first money-spinning overseas tours in three years due to the Covid pandemic

  • Manchester United will play Liverpool in Thailand in pre-season, claim reports 
  • Organisers Fresh Air Festival say the Premier League sides will clash in Bangkok 
  • The game would be part of United’s first overseas tour since the Covid pandemic
  • Ralf Rangnick’s side are also said to be planning a pre-season tour in Australia 
  • It comes just after Louis van Gaal accused United of being a ‘commercial club’

Manchester United and Liverpool will face off in a lucrative pre-season head-to-head in Thailand this summer, according to reports.

The game, as part of the billed ‘Phenomenon Maker’ at the ‘Bangkok Century Cup’, would mark the Premier League rivals’ first money-spinning overseas tours since the Covid-19 pandemic.

And according to organisers Fresh Air Festival, the event will host the Red Devils against the Reds in the capital city on July 12, less than a month before the new Premier League season is set to start on August 6.

Manchester United are reportedly set to face Liverpool in a pre-season friendly this summer

Organisers Fresh Air Festival claim United will face the Reds in Bangkok, Thailand on July 12

United are said to be planning a more extensive pre-season tour in Australia.

However, reports they will face Melbourne Victory and Aston Villa in Melbourne and then Villa in Perth, all in mid-July, have been denied by the Telegraph’s James Ducker. 

Before this campaign, United faced the likes of Derby, QPR, Brentford and Everton in pre-season friendlies, while Liverpool travelled to Germany and Spain for lower-profile matches against Mainz, Hertha Berlin, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna. 

The Red Devils were humiliated 5-0 at Old Trafford in the sides’ most recent clash in October

Plenty of prominent British clubs often travel abroad in pre-season for profitable matches, with Celtic and Rangers set to contest the Sydney Super Cup in November with a potential crowd of 83,000, to the consternation of both sets of supporters.

The news comes shortly after former United manager Louis van Gaal accused the Red Devils of being a ‘commercial club’ rather than a ‘football club’.

Discussing compatriot Erik ten Hag of Ajax – in contention to replace Ralf Rangnick as boss at Old Trafford this summer – Holland chief van Gaal bemoaned the long and tiring pre-season tours encouraged by the United board.

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