As the uncertainty surrounding a potential takeover of Manchester United continues to linger, the club's new Football Director, John Murtough, has given the first glimpse into the Red Devils' summer plans.
In an exclusive interview with the Mirror, Murtough revealed that the club are planning a tour of Asia in 2023 as part of their ongoing commitment to the region.
The tour, which has yet to be finalised, is likely to take place in July and August and will involve visits to countries such as China, Japan, South Korea and Thailand.
Murtough also stressed the importance of the tour in terms of strengthening United's brand in the region and the commercial opportunities that it will create.
He said: “We are very excited about the potential of this tour and the positive impact it can have on our relationships in the region. We have always been committed to Asia and this tour will be an opportunity to further strengthen our presence there.”
The tour is set to take place regardless of the outcome of the takeover talks, with Murtough stressing that the club are focusing on the future and not the present.
He added: “We are planning for the future and we want to make sure we are in the best position to succeed regardless of the takeover. That's why we are looking at opportunities like this tour to continue to grow the club and our brand.”
The tour will be the first major project undertaken by Murtough since he joined the club in April, and it is expected to be a major boost for the club's presence in the region.
It will also be seen as a positive sign by fans that the club are looking to the future and not being distracted by the ongoing takeover saga.