Manchester United stars reveal why they’ve fallen in love with Melbourne as they lead requires English Premier League groups to stage extra video games in Australia’s sporting capital
- Manchester United performed in entrance of 74,000 spectators on the MCG on Friday
- Nearly 80,000 followers are anticipated to attend the sport in opposition to Crystal Palace
- United gamers hope to return to Melbourne quickly after receiving nice welcome
- Leeds and Aston Villa are additionally on tour in Australia this winter
Some 74,000 followers attended United’s 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory on Friday on the MCG, with roughly 80,000 anticipated on the identical venue when United face Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
Over time, Australia has been a comparatively widespread pre-season vacation spot for Premier League golf equipment and United gamers are wanting to return as quickly as potential.
United gamers have loved their keep in Melbourne and spoke glowingly in regards to the reception they’ve acquired in Australian’s sporting capital up to now
For United, this tour is the second go to to Australia in 4 years – they performed two video games in Perth in 2019 – however a primary to Melbourne since 1999.
Nearly 1 / 4 of a century elapsed between United’s final go to to Melbourne in 1999 and this tour – United’s final go to to Australia got here three years in the past, after they performed in Perth twice
This winter marks the primary time in three years the Premier League giants have performed in Australia and their first time they’ve been again in Melbourne since 1999.
The prospect of a recreation happening outdoors England at any level through the season stays distant – at the very least till Cardiff or Swansea return to the top-flight – however may Melbourne stage a pre-season match every year?
United held their away package launch in Melbourne and Scott McTominay (proper) has backed the potential for holding pre-season video games within the metropolis yearly
Marcus Rashford actually appeared open to the thought.
‘The amenities have been good, the stadium has been good, the followers have been supportive and there was an environment in all places that we go,’ the England worldwide informed The Herald Solar.
‘So if it was potential, I’d say yeah. Deliver some extra video games right here.
United performed in entrance of 74,000 followers on the MCG in opposition to Melbourne Victory on Friday
Followers flocked to Melbourne from varied components of Australia to observe United in motion
This 12 months marks United’s first journey to Australia since 2019, after they performed in Perth
United midfielder Scott McTominay struck an identical tone and stated the potential for staging an annual pre-season recreation in Melbourne was positively one to discover.
‘Yeah after all,’ he stated. ‘The followers are loopy, they’re greater than succesful with the fan capability in stadiums to host some extra video games. We’re simply so blessed and excited to have this many individuals who assist us and we’re so grateful.’
Like a few of their Premier League counterparts, United are likely to journey to a unique vacation spot for pre-season every year. This winter alone, the Pink Devils performed in Thailand in opposition to Liverpool earlier than making their option to Victoria.
The Reds have since taken on Palace in Singapore, earlier than returning to Europe for 2 video games in Germany. The Eagles, in the meantime, have continued on to Australia, becoming a member of a trio of Premier League golf equipment together with Aston Villa, Leeds and United.
United gamers have spoken of how welcoming crowds in Australia have been up to now
Bruno Fernandes was among the many United gamers saying he hoped to return to Melbourne as quickly as potential for a pre-season recreation
Leeds United and Aston Villa confronted one another on the Gold Coast on Saturday
Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal, in the meantime, are all in motion within the US.
Melbourne, nevertheless, has made a giant impression on United.
‘Clearly there are such a lot of nations and locations that need to see us and it’s good for us to go to completely different locations,’ star midfielder Bruno Fernandes stated.
‘However Melbourne has been very nice for us, the stadium was superb.’