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Manchester United could take on David Beckham and Thierry Henry in the same game later this year after agreeing a deal to face the MLS All-Stars at New Jersey’s Red Bull Arena in July.

United defeated the All-Stars, a team comprising of the leading players in the MLS, in a 5-2 victory at Houston’s Reliant Stadium last July in a game marked by Javier Hernandez scoring on his debut for the club following his £7m transfer from Chivas de Guadalajara.

And Sir Alex Ferguson’s team will provide the opposition against the likes of Henry, Beckham and Landon Donovan when they face the All-Stars as part of their pre-season tour of the United States.

United are due to confirm the final details of their summer plans when Ferguson attends a press conference in New York on Tuesday. But plans are understood to be in place for United to launch their trip on the west coast with a game against Seattle Sounders.

United are also due to play in Chicago before ending their trip with a clash against Barcelona in Washington D.C following the All-Stars game.

A crowd of 70,728 turned out for United’s encounter with the All-Stars last summer and they have become the first club to be invited back for a second time for a fixture which is the highlight of the MLS calendar.

United have received offers to visit the Far East this summer, but the club have opted for the States for the second successive year due to Ferguson being hugely impressed by the training facilities on offer to his players last year.

Off the field, the States is also a major market for the club commercially, with shirt sponsor Aon and kit manufacturer Nike both based across the Atlantic.

World Cup performers such as Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra missed last summer’s tour, but United are expected to take a full-strength squad when they return this year.

Source: Telegraph

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