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United confirm SA tour dates

2012-06-13 14:31

Cape Town - Manchester United will play two pre-season warm-up games in South Africa, against AmaZulu and Ajax Cape Town next month.

Officials from the club confirmed in Johannesburg on Wednesday that the 19-time English Premier League champions will play at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on July 18 and in the Mother City, at the Cape Town Stadium on July 21.

The club's director of communications Philip Townsend said United would use the tour to blood new players for the season ahead.

"We use these tours to prepare players for the arduous season ahead and to introduce new players to the team and management," Townsend said.

"It's also an opportunity for our fans to witness the team playing first hand."

After their two previous visits to South Africa, in 2006 and 2008, the Red Devils went on to win the English Premier League.

"No pressure then," joked Townsend, who went on to describe the misery they suffered when they were pipped by their neighbours Manchester City for the league title in the last minute of the final game of the season.

"It was pretty horrible," Townsend said.

"We had just got to the part where we were starting to believe we could do it, then it was snatched away from us.

"Do we learn from it and can we develop and become a better team?

"I certainly hope so, as I never want to go through that again."

Tickets for the games will be priced at between R150 to R350 and will be available from Computicket from Monday at 08:00.

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Comments
  • Hallo - 2012-06-13 14:35

    Let's hope Fergie doesn't try to touch the local stock without permission again. Blue moon, you left me standing aloooone.

      Malavi10 - 2012-06-13 15:04

      Sori Hallo...Blue Moons together we stand!

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-06-13 14:41

    coming here for a beatiiiing

      almeleh - 2012-06-13 14:47

      We cant even beat Botswana or Ethiopia.

  • Malavi10 - 2012-06-13 15:00

    So the losers are coming home!

      silindile.comfort - 2012-06-13 16:20

      TAKE a luk at a mira nd ul c thngz ,u knw nthn abt soca so y dnt u jst shut

      silindile.comfort - 2012-06-13 16:21

      TAKE a luk at a mira nd ul c thngz ,u knw nthn abt soca so y dnt u jst shut

  • silindile.comfort - 2012-06-13 15:10

    EISH, hope safa wil try 2 convince fergie 2 bcome SA coach

  • silindile.comfort - 2012-06-13 15:10

    EISH, hope safa wil try 2 convince fergie 2 bcome SA coach

  • ashley.james.3701779 - 2012-06-13 15:20

    when do the tickets go on sale?

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-06-13 15:41

      Did you not read the article mate. Monday 08;00 Computickets from R800 to R1500 each :)

      ashley.james.3701779 - 2012-06-13 15:44

      apologies, didn't read the whole article.

  • Gregory - 2012-06-13 15:20

    The REAL champions are coming !!!

  • Ron - 2012-06-13 15:23

    Sorry but what did they win this season? Giants? I dont think so and they've only bought a Jap and a kid so far. Gonna see their backside this new season.

  • sipho.mbulawa - 2012-06-13 15:27

    I so wish Ajax could use their youngsters just to showcase our young talent. Ajax has the greatest development structure in this country.

  • Jimmy - 2012-06-13 15:39

    The Trophy-less are coming! They can't even beat their own neighrbours.

      Rohann - 2012-06-13 16:04

      Yeah and who do you support?

      Jimmy - 2012-06-13 16:32

      CITY!

      Jimmy - 2012-06-13 18:44

      Let me spell it out. 61TY!

  • neo.khemisi - 2012-06-13 17:13

    Jst as I thought fringe players

  • gdrunnalls - 2012-06-13 17:56

    Bloody Marvellous

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