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‘Mega event’ unveiled as Manchester United announce Hong Kong climax to extensive Asia summer tour

By Dean Wilkins

After another weekend that swung heavily in Manchester United’s favour, the Premier League leaders announced they will end their summer tour in Hong Kong.

With an estimated 108million Chinese fans, the Reds’ visit is one of the most-anticipated sporting tours the country has witnessed – and they could be arriving on the back of their 20th league title.

Wayne Rooney’s solitary goal earned all three points at Fulham on Saturday, while old foes Liverpool helped keep Manchester City at bay with a 2-2 draw increasing the gap between first and second to nine points.

And as United announced details of their journey to face Kitchee FC at the Hong Kong Stadium on July 29, chief executive David Gill expressed his delight at returning for the first time in eight years.

“The club has tremendous support throughout China and especially in Hong Kong,” he said. “We are looking forward to engaging with our loyal fans, our commercial partners and most importantly preparing for the season ahead.”

Sir Alex Ferguson’s med travelled to East Asia last summer for their pre-season tour, after kicking off in South Africa.

As their global presence continues to grow alongside their international endorsements, United’s tour destinations come as a hugely excitable affair for their Asian partners.

Mr Ken K. Ng, Chairman of the Kitchee Foundation, said: “This is indeed a mega event for Hong Kong because Manchester United is undoubtedly the best-supported football club here and their local fan base is legendary.

“We are looking forward to bringing to the Hong Kong public one of the most exciting international exhibition matches ever. On behalf of the Kitchee Foundation, I sincerely express our thanks to the Mega Event Fund for their contribution to make this event possible.”

Ticket Information

Tickets for Kitchee FC versus Manchester United will be on sale from February 20 at cityline.com. For more information visit www.cityline.com or www.manutd.com/tour2013.

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