Updated: Sunday, 5th April 2020 @ 10:41am

Manchester City hope to conquer United's reign in Southeast Asia as Malaysia summer tour announced

Manchester City hope to conquer United's reign in Southeast Asia as Malaysia summer tour announced

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester City are hoping to topple Manchester United’s reign in Southeast Asia by touring Malaysia this summer.

The Premier League’s Blue title contenders will play their first fixture in the country with a friendly against Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur, July 30.

However, City owner Sheikh Mansour will find it difficult to conquer the Asian market as Premier League Champions and rivals United dominate along with Liverpool.

City Interim Chief Executive Officer John MacBeath said: “This visit is hugely exciting for Manchester City.

"It is clear that there is significant appetite for the Premier League in Malaysia, and we are very excited to be taking our talented squad there to put on a sporting spectacle for our fans in South East Asia. To witness the fans' excitement first hand will be a fantastic experience.”

"We are very honoured to be hosting Manchester City, as we are the only Southeast Asian country given this opportunity," Football Association of Malaysia deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said.

City are joining Arsenal in announcing their summer plans as the two clubs are set to go head-to-head at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium on July 27 – the same day as London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony.

The tour follows previous trips to Japan and South Korea in 1975/76 and China in 1996, while a pre-season tour to Shanghai included Sun Jihai in the team.

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