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20/05/2023 10:15

Manchester United to Play Pre-Season Friendly Against Lyon at Murrayfield

Manchester United has disclosed that they will participate in a pre-season friendly match against Lyon, which will take place at Murrayfield, the home venue of Scottish Rugby.

On July 19, Erik ten Hag and his team will play against the Ligue 1 side in Edinburgh, after which they will commence their tour of the United States.

It has been 13 years since Manchester United last played a match in Scotland, making this upcoming fixture a significant event for the club.

In 2010, Manchester United played a Champions League group stage match against Rangers in Scotland, which was the last time the Red Devils were hosted in the country.

The match was won by Manchester United, thanks to a penalty scored by Wayne Rooney.

The upcoming pre-season friendly against Lyon at Murrayfield will provide an opportunity for the club’s fans in Scotland and the UK to travel and watch the game, according to Man United’s football director, John Murtough.

John Murtough, the football director of Manchester United, expressed his excitement about playing at BT Murrayfield for the first time and performing in front of the club’s Scottish fans in a world-class sporting venue.

He also emphasized the importance of the competitive match against Lyon in preparing for the upcoming season, with the 14:00 BST kick-off during school holidays expected to attract families and young fans from all over Scotland and the UK.

Scottish Rugby has set a target of selling out the 67,000 capacity stadium, which could exceed the attendance record of 65,442 set during a 2019 friendly between Liverpool and Napoli.

Manchester United will face their former player Laurent Blanc, who is now coaching Lyon, in the friendly match.

This will be the fifth time that the two teams have played against each other, with Manchester United winning their last meeting with Lyon in the Champions League last-16 in 2008 with a 2-1 aggregate score.

Following their last pre-season friendly against Lyon 13 years ago, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side went on to defeat Chelsea in the final held in Moscow.

After the match against Lyon, Ten Hag’s team will head to the United States for a four-match tour.

The tour will commence with a game against Premier League rivals Arsenal in New York on July 22, followed by a match against Wrexham in San Diego on July 25, where a mostly young squad is expected to play.

The tour will then proceed with a game against Spanish giants Real Madrid in Houston on July 26, followed by a friendly against Borussia Dortmund in Las Vegas on July 30.

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