Man United to kick off pre-season with friendly against Leeds in Oslo

Manchester United will kick-off their pre-season against arch-rivals Leeds in Oslo… four years after fans of the two sides clashed in the stands during a friendly in Australia

  • The Red Devils will face their rivals in the first of their friendlies this summer
  • It will be the first pre-season meeting between the two sides in four years 

Manchester United will launch their pre-season preparations with a friendly against old rivals Leeds in Oslo this summer.

United announced on Thursday that the two clubs will meet at the Ullevaal Stadium on July 12. The Old Trafford club have previously played in the Norwegian capital against Valerenga, Kristiansund and Atletico Madrid.

United will also face Lyon at Murrayfield before leaving for a four-match tour of the US. Erik ten Hag’s side will play Arsenal in New Jersey, Wrexham in San Diego, Real Madrid in Houston and Borussia Dortmund in Las Vegas.

Following the announcement of the Leeds fixture, United’s football director John Murtough, said: ‘Manchester United is hugely popular in Norway, and we are delighted to be bringing this game to our Norwegian fans. Oslo is home to the club’s largest official supporter’s club, and I know our fans will be out in force to watch this historic match.

‘There is a lot of history and a fierce rivalry between the two clubs, providing a competitive first match for Erik and the team to start their preparations for the 2023/34 campaign.’

Manchester United will face Leeds in Oslo in their first pre-season match this summer

United and Leeds also met in a pre-season friendly in Australia back in the summer of 2019

Tickets for the match will go on pre-sale to fans who have pre-registered and Manchester United season ticket holders, official members and executive club members from 9am on May 26, before going on general sale from 9am on May 30.

United and Leeds also met in pre-season in Australia back in 2019, when the Whites were preparing for a campaign in the Championship.

The game in Perth, which United won 4-0, was marred by fans of the two sides appearing to fight each other in the stands.

Police and stewards broke up the feuding supporters, who were watching their teams play each other for the first time in nearly eight years. 

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