Manchester United are set to stream their virtual fan event, #ILOVEUNITED, worldwide, with a particular focus on the US, in the build-up to its fixture against Chelsea FC on February 28.
To be streamed across the web, app, MUTV channels, Facebook and YouTube, the latest edition of the event will include local content aimed at the club's US fanbase, providing behind-the-scenes access and insights into the first-team.
The pre-match programme will be hosted by MUTV presenter Mark Sullivan, as well as National Football League (NFL) legend Osi Umenyiora, and live from Los Angeles, actor Dominic Monaghan. As fans of the club, they will sharing their memories and analysis alongside former players Denis Irwin and Dion Dublin.
Fans will also be entertained by special guests, including actor Kit Harrington, alongside fans from the US.
US World Cup winner and Manchester United Women's forward Tobin Heath will feature in an exclusive interview about her life in Manchester and there will be live insights from men's first team manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“Manchester United has been taking its physical #ILOVEUNITED event all over the world for the past eight years, bringing thousands of fans together in their support for the club, many of whom might never have the chance to visit Old Trafford but still support us week-in, week-out," said Sean Jefferson, Manchester United's director of partnerships.
"At a time when fans in many parts of the world are restricted from viewing matches together because of the pandemic, we have found new ways of uniting our supporters. The virtual #ILOVEUNITED event gives fans the platform to enjoy entertaining bespoke content in the safety of their homes, whilst still feeling a part of our global network of fans.”
Author: Jake Wilkin