The Glazer's will be rubbing their hand that the USA tour will gross the club in excess of £3m but much has been made in recent weeks about how much Alex Ferguson will have to spend in the close season given the exodus of household names that have either retired or left the club.
United's global brand has been enhanced by the USA tour with over 67,000 spectators at the 7-0 victory against Seattle Sounders last Wednesday and a record crowd expected against next Saturday opponents Barcelona at FedEx Field, the home of the Washington Redskins.
The Premier League’s popularity in the USA is growing fast as Nike push United into the American Market aided by the club’s own commercial team, just as in Manchester, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, United are now big business in the United States.
United have conducted studies that suggest they have 333 million fans worldwide, with 6.5 million in the US. Brand association with United for DHL, Audi, Epson and Singha are sure to pay dividends.