Manchester United Could Travel To Malta For Part Of Their Pre-Season Training

 

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United are considering a training camp in Malta as the Covid-19 pandemic has prevented a lucrative tour outside Europe for the second summer running. United announced a partnership with Visit Malta last season.

A club source confirmed to the Manchester Evening News United are still working on a possible itinerary but any trip to Malta would depend on UK government travel restrictions.

Maltese outlet Replay reported United are expected to play a friendly match on the Mediterranean island.

“I can confirm that we are currently in talks with Manchester United to bring them over to Malta for a pre-season training camp,” Johann Buttigieg of the Malta Tourism Authority told The Times of Malta.

“As you might understand I cannot delve a lot of information as talks are ongoing but we are working hard to attract such a prestigious club to our country.

“Given the busy sporting schedule of this summer, the timeframe we have [for United’s possible arrival] is between the second week of July and the second week of August.”

The Maltese supporters’ club, established in 1959, is the oldest registered United supporters’ club in the world and was founded with the assistance of Sir Matt Busby.

Sir Alex Ferguson attended a function to celebrate the supporters’ club’s 50th anniversary with Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in 2009, and the Maltese fans’ dedication is celebrated with a banner on the east stand at Old Trafford.

Maltese side Hibernians were the first team United beat in their triumphant 1967-68 European Cup winning campaign. United have played three friendlies in the country since.

Solskjaer took the United players to Marbella for a warm weather training camp during their 16-day winter break in February last season.

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