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Manchester United to play A-League All Stars next July

Published on Dec 10, 2012 10:19 AM
Former Manchester United footballer Dwight Yorke (L) presents New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell (R) with a player's shirt at a press conference in Sydney on Dec 10, 2012, as it is announced English Premier League team Manchester United will play an Australian A-League All Stars team in a one-off game in 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - English Premier League giants Manchester United will play the Australian A-League All Stars in a one-off game in Sydney next year, Football Federation Australia said on Monday.

The match at Sydney's Olympic stadium on July 20 will be United's first match Down Under in 14 years and will be part of their build-up to the 2013/14 season.

Organisers said Sir Alex Ferguson would bring his full squad for the match with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Rio Ferdinand and Nani expected to play in front of an 80,000 sell-out crowd.

The Red Devils last played in Australia in 1999 against the Australian national team in Sydney and Melbourne, but their big names David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and manager Ferguson remained at home.

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