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By ESPN Staff

Man United announce Indonesia trip

Manchester United will break new ground this summer when they visit Indonesia as part of their four-match Asia tour.

Although the Red Devils have visited the continent six times previously since 1995 and won the Club World Cup in Tokyo last month, they have never been to Indonesia, a country with a large United fan base in a population of 200 million.

The match in Jakarta against the Indonesia Super League Select will be played on July 24 and forms the third leg of a four-leg trip that begins in China on July 18 and heads to Seoul before the long flight south.

United will conclude their tour against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on July 26.

That match makes up for the abandonment of a planned trip two years ago as part of Malaysia's 50th anniversary celebrations.

The trip had to be scrapped after objections from the Asian Football Confederation as United's game would have coincided with the Asian Cup that was being played in the region at the same time.

United chief executive David Gill confirmed the tour during a visit to the 'Manchester United Experience' at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel.

"Our tours to Asia are always special," he said.

"The atmosphere generated by the supporters is amazing. The club enjoys unrivalled support across the continent and it is great to have a chance to give those fans the opportunity to see their heroes in action in their own country."

While United are guaranteed an enthusiastic welcome in Seoul, especially if Ji-sung Park is on the trip, they will not confirm exactly where in China they will play until a later date.

Two years ago they ended up in Guangzhou following the cancellation of their game in Malaysia while in 2005 they played in Beijing.

However, that game was not a success and, unusually for a United tour match, was played in front of a half-full stadium, so Shanghai might be a better option given the Red Devils have enjoyed much better support.

"The club recognise the amazing levels of support it has in Asia," added Gill.

"It is not possible to give fans many opportunities to see the players live, so we work hard on finding new ways that allow them to have a daily relationship with the club, including through our key sponsorship partners."

An Indonesian version of the club magazine 'Inside United' will be launched this year and will join the existing Korean and traditional and simplified Chinese versions.

MUTV, the official club channel is available in over 10 Asian territories, reaching 120 million households.


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