Manchester United to play friendly match in Thailand next year

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BANGKOK, Oct 3 — Red Devil fans in Thailand will have another chance to see their idols live in a football pitch as the Manchester United team will come to Thailand next year.

Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) Governor Kanokphand Chulakasem said that the English Premier League giant has agreed to play a friendly match in Thailand after the ministry of tourism and sports and SAT negotiated with the team executives on a special match in Thailand.

The Thailand match would be part of four-nation Asian tour in 2013 of Manchester United, he said, adding that the team would be in Thailand for three days, between July 10 and 27 but he could not specify the date.

Manchester United will likely play against Thai Premier League All Stars at Rajamangala National Stadium‎, he said.

English strikers Wayne Rooney and Holland front man Robin van Persie along with Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa and Spain’s Olympics goalkeeper David de Gea will lead the visiting squad.