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United add to tour of Japan

February 7, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Manchester United have announced a second game in Japan as part of their pre-season tour in July 2013.

Shinji Kagawa, Sir Alex Ferguson
AssociatedShinji Kagawa became the first Japanese player to represent Manchester United when he signed from Borussia Dortmund last summer

United will face Cerezo Osaka, Shinji Kagawa's former club, in Osaka on July 26.

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The Premier League leaders had already confirmed they would face another J. League side, Yokohama F. Marinos, on July 23 at the Nissan Stadium, which hosted the 2002 World Cup final. They will then go on to Hong Kong to take on Kitchee FC on July 29.

Chief executive David Gill told United's official website: "We first visited Japan more than 20 years ago and our fans have always shown great support for the club. We are all looking forward to returning and playing a great game against Cerezo Osaka, which will allow us to prepare for the 2013-14 season."

Cerezo were champions of Japan in 1994 and are currently 14th in the J. League while Marinos, who are captained by Shunsuke Nakamura, are fourth.

It will be the first time in six years United have visited Japan, since facing Urawa Reds in 2007, and they will arrive there after going to Australia, where they take on an A-League All Stars team in Sydney on July 20.