CHESTER FC will play host to a Manchester United XI side next month, in a match which will be open to the fans.

In recent times, such games involving top-flight sides have usually been played behind closed doors, but this game on Monday, August 7 – just after Chester FC's start to their National League North campaign – will be available to watch from the stands at the Deva Stadium.

Admission prices for the match, which will kick off at 7.45pm will be confirmed in due course, with supporters able to purchase online at Hospitality details will also be confirmed in the near future.

Manchester United’s last visit to Chester was in August 2002, when a reserve side ran out 3-1 winners, with Paul Scholes playing over an hour for the Red Devils.

Manager Calum McIntyre told the Blues' website: “We are delighted to be hosting a Manchester United XI at the Deva Stadium in August.

“As much as the timing of the fixture falls shortly after the start of the season, it’s important that we added an extra fixture to our schedule ahead of a testing campaign.

“We want to ensure we start our opening twelve games better than we did last season and we want to ensure that we have maximised every opportunity to get every player ready for the season ahead.

“These types of games are common during the season, often behind closed doors but we are delighted to be able to welcome supporters to the Deva Stadium for this game.

“I would like to thank our friends at Manchester United for visiting us as part of their pre-season schedule and we are very proud to host them.

“A strong relationship has been built between the two clubs at Academy level for a number of years now and this type of fixture further cements that.”

Chester FC's 2023/24 league campaign begins on Saturday, August 5, with a trip to Bishop's Stortford.