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Manchester United on tour may be bigger than U2


A five match USA tour by Manchester United possibly requires a bigger entourage than a world concert tour by U2 or The Rolling Stones! Okay, that may be a little over the top – although it cannot be far fetched, because I don’t have the slightest idea of how many people rock bands take with them but as David McDonnell reports in the Daily Mirror, United requires no less than a party of 80 to ensure that the multi million dollar pre season circus goes off without a hitch.

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Fletcher lingering virus knocks him out of US Tour


Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher will miss the club’s pre season tour of the United States. The 27 year old has made only one start since 1 March after being struck down by a virus. “Darren will remain at Carrington to undergo a conditioning programme given he missed a large proportion of last season” said a club spokesman “we want to give him the best opportunity to be fully fit for the start of the new season.”

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US tour indicates the Glazers are going nowhere


If you happen to wake up each morning – as I do, hoping against hope that a surprise headline may appear stating that Qatar Holdings has announced confirmation of its purchase of Manchester United from the Glaziers, you can now forget that slim possibility completely, at least in the short term. When Sir Alex Ferguson revealed details of the second successive pre season tour of the United States in July, he was indirectly making it clear that there’s definitely no change of ownership in the wind.

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