Manchester United’s global appeal goes from strength to strength
Manchester United may have lost Cristiano Ronaldo, but the 50,000 Malaysians expected to watch Sir Alex Ferguson’s players train at Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Jalil Stadium on Friday underline why the club are preparing to bank more than £80 million from commercial deals during the 2009-10 season.

While Manchester City’s incredible summer spending has, for once, left United struggling to claim the limelight on their own doorstep, the global appeal and popularity of the Premier League champions remains the one thing that City’s money cannot buy.

United’s four-game tour of the Far East begins with a fixture against a Malaysian XI in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow, but progress on the pitch, with Michael Owen due to make his club debut, is only one factor of the money-spinning trip to Asia.
reference :