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Man United are coming to Dublin this summer as part of their pre-season preparations

Jose Mourinho’s side will face Sampdoria at the Aviva Stadium 10 days before the start of the new season.

Man United last visited Dublin in 2010.
Man United last visited Dublin in 2010.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

JOSE MOURINHO’S MANCHESTER United will face Sampdoria at the Aviva Stadium in on Wednesday 2 August, just 10 days before the start of the new Premier League season.

United’s trip to Dublin will be their first since August 2010 and the fixture against the Italian side will be their seventh pre-season outing following a five-game tour of America as well as a clash with Valerenga IF in Norway.

It will be the second time the Red Devils have played at the redeveloped Lansdowne Road after featuring in the stadium’s opening game seven years ago.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, captained by John O’Shea on the night, beat a SSE Airtricity XI 7-1 in-front of a sell-out crowd of 50,000.

Former United defender Gary Pallister, along with Liam Brady who spent two years with Sampdoria, were in Dublin today to launch the fixture.

Sampdoria, managed by Marco Giampaolo, are currently 10th in Serie A with one game of the season remaining.

Liam Brady and Gary Pallister Brady and Pallister at the Aviva Stadium this morning. Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

“The team has a good variety of games over the summer, playing in great stadiums and allowing a large number of our global family of fans to see live games across the world,” Ed Woodward, Manchester United Executive Vice Chairman, said.

“The pre-season programme has been put together to ensure the manager and his squad have a great platform to prepare for next season with games against top class opposition.”

Tickets for the game, which kicks off at 7.45pm, will go on general sale on Ticketmaster.ie from 11am on Friday 26 May.

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