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Why we can’t wait for the 2022 Tour

Matches against Liverpool, Melbourne Victory, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa await in Bangkok, Melbourne and Perth and fans in those areas and further afield will be eagerly awaiting the prospect of seeing Erik ten Hag’s Reds play.

That goes for United employees too, and we’ve selected the brains of three journalists who will be on the flight from Manchester Airport with the team.

Here’s why they’re looking forward to the tour…

MARC SULLIVAN

“The pre-season tour is probably the most important part of the season for MUTV. We are lucky enough to broadcast the first team matches live and as a presenter on the channel my main role is to host the pre- and post-match shows. Other than that, there are always plenty of interviews to conduct and business partner events to help out, so it’s a busy time!

“My very first United tour was in South Africa in 2006. It was a wonderful experience, but the highlight was meeting Nelson Mandela: it’s an example of the doors Manchester United can open. is therefore an honor and a privilege to be a tiny part of it – we also got to see where he was incarcerated, at Robben Island.

“More recently and before the pandemic, I traveled to the United States in 2018, as well as Australia, Singapore and China the following year. Again, these were fantastic experiences that allowed me to meet amazing fans all over the world.

“I can’t wait to return to Australia this year, a country synonymous with sport and where we have a brilliant fan base. I can’t wait to return to Thailand too. I’ve been with United twice before, but not in part of a tour. The Thais are so welcoming and the food is amazing. You can’t beat Los Angeles for a tourist destination, though. The facilities for the team are second to none and with great weather and an abundance of choice to eat after finishing work, it’s just great.