Manchester United have announced a short tour of China during the summer as part of their pre-season preparations ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

The Red Devils will travel to the far east, where they are by far the most popular English club, and will play two games, dates and opponents for which are still to be announced.

It will be a eight-day tour, shorter than most pre-season tours of the last few years, but the Manchester United players will be keen to make the most of it to get back into top condition ahead of the new season.

Manchester United have made nine more trips to China since their first visit in 1975, and were last in the Asian country ahead of the 2013/14 season, when David Moyes was the manager.

The club executive vice chairman Ed Woodward told the club's official website: “Manchester United has strong historical links with China and we are very proud of our relationship and of our fans throughout the country.  


“A total of almost 500,000 supporters have attended previous games during our visits to China and we have always enjoyed exceptional support in the country, so naturally it is something that everybody is very much looking forward to this summer.”

Manchester United had a new man in charge of the team in the form Moyes when they last went to China, and it remains to be seen whether it will be the same this time around too.