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Manchester United heading to Perth

Football West News

Football in Western Australia has pulled off a huge coup with Manchester United heading Down Under to face Perth Glory in 2019.

The three-time European champions will also play old-time rivals Leeds United in WA, with both games taking place at Optus Stadium.

Manchester United will play Glory on Saturday, July 13 and Leeds on Wednesday, July 17.

The double-header is expected to draw thousands of fans to Perth from outside of the state in what is expected to be a huge tourism boost for WA. It follows on from this year’s visit of Chelsea, who attracted more than 55,000 supporters when they beat Glory 1-0 on a rain-soaked Monday night.

Chelsea proved a huge hit in the community, too, after partaking in a number of Football West programs at schools and other venues.

With Leeds flying high in the Championship, it is possible it will be two Premier League teams making the trip to Australia.

Manchester United have played in WA twice before, both against the State Team. In 1967 they defeated WA 7-0 then in 1975 they won 2-1.

Manchester United are currently ranked second on the most Forbes’ List for Most Valuable Sports Team. They are second only to the Dallas Cowboys and are valued at $US4.12 billion ($A5.71bn).

More than 70 million people like their Facebook page and the club has claimed to have 659 million fans worldwide.