Man Utd to face Wrexham in 2023 pre-season friendly in San Diego

National League side Wrexham – owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney – will face Premier League giants Manchester United in a pre-season friendly in the United States later in 2023.

Man Utd revealed last week Erik ten Hag and his squad will be heading to the USA in the summer, with this fixture the first confirmed match of their tour.

A number of academy products from the Red Devils will be in action when they take on Wrexham, who are currently gunning for promotion from the National League, at the Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego on 25 July.

Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson said: “We’re looking forward to being able to play in the United States for the first time in the club’s history. The match against Manchester United is sure to be a memorable occasion at the Snapdragon Stadium, San Diego.

“The tour will be an excellent opportunity for us to prepare for the 2023/24 season, and the match against Manchester United will be a competitive fixture and a good test for us as we look ahead to the new campaign.

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Ryan Reynolds watched Wrexham’s FA Cup tie with Sheffield United / Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyImages

“We enjoy welcoming supporters from the US to the Racecourse Ground, and we’re looking forward to being able to play in front of some of these new fans on American soil in the summer.”

Man Utd’s football director John Murtough added: “This will be the first time the team has visited San Diego, and we are looking forward to playing in front of our passionate US fans at the Snapdragon Stadium.

“Pre-season tours are always a great opportunity to give opportunities for our most promising young Academy players to gain valuable experience in the first team environment, and this match against Wrexham AFC is a great example of that.


“Manchester United has a history of nurturing and promoting youth and this is a chance for not only Erik but also our US supporters to assess the homegrown talent that is developing within our Academy, and hopefully to be able to say, ‘I saw him here first,’ if some of those players go on to establish themselves as first team regulars.”

Manchester United and Wrexham have only ever battled it out on five previous occasions, all of which have resulted in victories for United.

Their two FA Cup meetings span 38 years – their first coming in 1957 and their latest in 1995 – while they also met in the second round of the 1990/91 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

United won 5-0 an aggregate thanks to goals from Brian McClair, Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister and Mark Robins. The Red Devils would win the competition by seeing off Montpellier, Legia Warsaw and finally Barcelona.

Tickets for the match between Man Utd and Wrexham go on pre-sale to Wrexham fans who have pre-registered and Man Utd season ticket holders, official members and executive club members from 20:00 (BST) on Monday 27 March. General sale begins from 16:00 (BST) on Wednesday 29 March.

Registration information for pre-sale tickets can be found on Man Utd’s website.


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