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Manchester United to play pre-season friendly in Dublin

Manchester United will play in Dublin just 10 days before the new season is set to begin.

Jose Mourinho's side will take on Sampdoria in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday August 2 (kick-off 7.45pm).

United finished sixth in the Premier League but could yet earn a place in next season's Champions League when they take on Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

Italian side Sampdoria finished 10th in Serie A this season.

United will take on their derby rivals Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid during their pre-season trip to the USA and will then play Valarenga in Oslo three days before their Dublin date.

United’s executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, said: “The team has a good variety of games over the summer, playing in great stadiums and allowing a large number of our global family of fans to see live games across the world.

“The pre-season programme has been put together to ensure the manager and his squad have a great platform to prepare for next season with games against top-class opposition.”

Massimo Ienca, Sampdoria General Secretary, said: "It's a great honour for U.C. Sampdoria to take part in this prestigious international event in Dublin. We recently commemorated the 25th anniversary of our European Cup Final against Barcelona at Wembley - the pinnacle of our club's long history. Now, as then, Sampdoria are a respected club flying our unique flag and colours around the world.

"It is a pleasure to think that we will soon be playing against Manchester United, England's most successful club and one of this year's UEFA Europa League finalists. I'm sure the match will be a memorable occasion for everyone involved - and the fans especially."

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