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United may play in CT, Durban

The world’s most popular football club, Manchester United, look set to make a stop in Cape Town and Durban before flying to the Far East for their pre-season trip.

United are in the process of preparing for next season’s English Premier League and are considering a whistle-stop tour of SA, although this has not been confirmed.

Manchester United will play AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Credit: Steve Haag / Gallo Images

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 heading 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. – Cape Argus

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