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Van Gaal admits being stunned by Manchester United’s popularity

Manchester United midfielder Louis van Gaal revealed that he was surprised by the club’s global popularity in last season’s pre-season tour, in where they played in front of 109,318 fans at the Michigan Stadium in America, beating Real Madrid 3-1 in a friendly.

Reflecting on last summer’s pre-season tour, the Dutch boss said: “That was unbelievable. It was the first few days of my managership in Manchester and the way of the enthusiasm of our fans and the amount of numbers was unbelievable.

“We have played four or five games there and there were 300,000 fans in two weeks.”

He added: “When I drive to the Aon training complex I think there are 100 people who want me to sign a shirt or a photograph and most of these are from Asia,’ he explained.

“It is unbelievable how popular Manchester United is.”

The Red Devils announced in April that they would take a four-game tour in America this July, including friendlies against Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

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