The club will travel to the Far East, where there are more than 107 million followers in China, making it the country with more Manchester United fans than any other in the world.

The eight-day tour forms part of the club’s preparations for the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, with further details regarding the tour, including fixture dates, opposition teams, venues and ticket details to be announced in the coming days.

Manchester United first visited the region in 1975 and have gone on to make a further nine trips to the country, playing 12 games against local sides in the intervening years. The most recent game was against Kitchee SC in July 2013, when over 40,000 fans sold out the game in record time, with millions more supporters watching the game on live television throughout Asia.

Speaking of the club’s trip to China, United’s executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, said: “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.”

Aon is the presenting partner of Tour 2016, offering its expertise in risk management, insurance, reinsurance brokerage and human resources solutions.

President and chief executive officer of Aon, Greg Case, said: “At Aon, we recognise the journey to greatness starts with preparation well before the match. We are proud to partner with organisations in China and around the world to help them prepare for unforeseen and emerging risks, and to manage and develop their talent, allowing them to focus on what they do best: run their business. We are excited to present the Manchester United Tour 2016 in China and look forward to helping the club in any way we can.”

For further information regarding Tour 2016, presented by Aon, please visit ManUtd.com/Tour2016.

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