English Premier League powerhouse Manchester United has arrived in Sydney, Australia, where they will take on the A-League All Stars at ANZ Stadium on 20 July 2013. Players and coaching staff were pre-selected by fans.
“It’s been 14 years since Manchester United visited Australian shores, and I join the entire Australian football community in expressing my delight at their arrival in Sydney," says New South Wales Acting Premier, Andrew Stoner.
“I’m delighted to welcome one of the most successful football teams in the world, Manchester United, to Sydney. The demand for tickets has been extremely high and the match sold out in record time to fans, including those members of the football family."
In the run-up to the match, Manchester United footballers have been visiting some of Sydney's key tourist attractions, pausing to have their pictures taken in from of such iconic landmarks as Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
When images such as these are showcased around the world, they can have a profound impact on inbound tourism for both Sydney in particular and Australia as a whole.
Manchester United has won 20 Premier League championships, 11 FA Cups, and three European Cups. The legendary football team has a massive fan base – not only in Australia, but around the world.