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THE world’s most popular football club, Manchester United, will be coming to Cape Town if all things go according to plan.
United are in the process of preparing for next season’s English Premier League and will be making a whistle-stop tour of SA before heading off on their traditional pre-season trip to the Far East.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, which finished second to Manchester City in last season’s campaign, are tentatively pencilled in to face AmaZulu at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on July 19 before coming down to the Mother City two days later to take on Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.
Ajax chief executive George Comitis was unable to confirm the match as yet, but did confirm that negotiations had been under way and were in the “final stages”.
The last time United were in Cape Town was when they played Kaizer Chiefs at Newlands in a Vodacom Challenge match in 2008, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Earlier this week, the Manchester club was officially feted as “the most popular football team in the world”, with 659 million fans worldwide, according to a survey carried out by market research agency Kantar.