Manchester United are one of world sport’s biggest drawcards, and can be expected to pull a bumper crowd to the MCG this winter when they take on Melbourne Victory in a friendly in the Victorian capital on Friday July 15.
The global soccer superpower will be seeking to beat the enormous crowd of over 99,000 officially recorded at the venue when their cross-city rivals Manchester City faced off against Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup fixture in July 2015.
Their Premier League rivals Liverpool also took on Victory and attracted more than 95,000 to the storied ground when they played in 2013.
Four days after playing Victory in July this year, the men from Old Trafford will take on another Premier League rival in Crystal Palace (on Tuesday July 19) also at the MCG as both clubs step up their preparation for the next Premier League season.
Victory will not be playing the London side, but there are close links between the two as Victory coach Tony Popovic was a former Palace captain during his days as a Premier League central defender in the early 2000s.
United are one of the powerhouses of world sport, though they have suffered a lack of on-field success in recent years. They have not won a trophy of any sort for five years and not taken the Premier League title in nearly a decade and have been criticised for their sporting performance, but they remain box office wherever they go.
With players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese superstar, England internationals Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw alongside French World Cup winners Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba on their roster, United are always a drawcard.
That interest would only intensify if they manage to land Tottenham striker and England captain Harry Kane, with whom they are being linked in transfer speculation in England.