UNITED 2 (Butt, Blomqvist)
15 July 1999, MCG
UNITED 1 (Yorke)
18 July 1999, Stadium Australia
Gallery: Reds in Australia
What better way to kickstart the defence of football’s three most prestigious club trophies than to spend a week in Australia?
That’s exactly what Manchester United did in 1999 when the newly-crowned FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League winners travelled Down Under to begin pre-season preparations.
The Reds played matches in Melbourne and Sydney (both against the Australia national team) in front of packed stadiums and were lucky enough to see some of the country’s most beautiful sights, including Sydney Harbour.
You can browse a gallery of images taken on that tour by club photographer John Peters. Images featuring the team in the red kit are from United’s game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (won 2-0), while the white kit was used for the match at Stadium Australia (won 1-0, now called ANZ Stadium and the venue where Sir Alex’s men will play on Tour 2013).
Let’s hope the Reds go there next summer with a similar trophy haul in the bag…