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The Blues have announced a home friendly with the Red Devils at the Regional Sports Centre, set to be played in mid-July

Waterford United have announced that they will host Manchester United in a July friendly fixture at the Regional Sports Centre.

The Premier League champions are set to visit Ireland as part of their pre-season campaign, and will take on the Blues at the RSC in mid-July. Alex Ferguson's side last visited Waterford in 1990, with goals from Mark Hughes, Viv Anderson, Mark Robins, and Lee Sharpe helping the Red Devils record a 4-0 victory.

Waterford's most famous encounter with Manchester United was back in 1968, when the two sides met in the European Cup. Matt Busby's side had won the trophy the previous season, and drew a huge crowd of 45,000 to Lansdowne Road for the first leg against the Suirsiders.

A Denis Law hat-trick gave the visitors a 3-1 victory, with George Best wowing the home crowd. The second-leg was a much more one-sided affair as Busby's side ran out 7-1 winners, with Law scoring four times.

The final date for this summer's friendly with Manchester United will be announced shortly, with tickets expected to be highly sought after.

Meanwhile, Mick McCarthy is expected to bring his Ipswich Town squad to Ireland as part of their pre-season preparations. The Tractor Boys will visit Kildare, but also look set to play a few friendlies against League of Ireland oppsition. "I didn’t enjoy pre-season as a player and I don’t as a manager but it’s necessary," McCarthy told the club's official website. "In the past I’ve taken teams to Carton House in Kildare, Ireland and that has worked out really well. It’s a great venue with fantastic facilities, so that’s something we are looking at."

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