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Manchester United Put US Summer Tour Plans On Hold, Says Report

man united tour usa Manchester United Put US Summer Tour Plans On Hold, Says Report

Plans for Manchester United’s tour of the United States this summer for a series of friendlies in mid-July could be disrupted if the Red Devils fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and have to play in the early rounds of UEFA Europa League qualification, depending on where the club finishes in the league this season.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reports that Manchester United were planning to tour the States this summer as part of their lucrative sponsorship deal with Chevrolet. However, the plans have been put on hold until the club has a better indication of whether United will qualify for the UEFA Champions League or not.

If United finishes higher up the table by the end of the season, Manchester United could qualify for either the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League. If the club qualifies for the UEFA Europa League via its league place, it’ll enter the Playoff round in August, which will give United time to tour the States in July. However, if United fail to qualify for the Champions League or Europa League, but qualify via being the winner of the Capital One Cup, United would have to play a qualification match in the Europa League on July 31 — thus ruining their plans for a summer tour.

If United does find a way to qualify for the UEFA Champions League or Europa League via the league, it’s possible that the Red Devils could play Bayern Munich in the States as part of their tour this summer.

For more Manchester United coverage, visit the Manchester United team page for news, analysis and opinion.


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