Date: 23rd July 2011 at 3:36pm
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Owen celebrates with Macheda

United's Summer tour of the US has been a huge success on and off the pitch

United are wiping the floor with noisy neighbours City when it comes to the popularity of both clubs’ Summer US tours according to reports.

While the Reds have seen record numbers attending their matches in the states, our less successful Blue counterparts have enjoyed the sort of crowds you’d get for a League One clash.

The Manchester Evening News notes:

David Beckham insists there is only one team in Manchester – and it is a view that appears to be echoed in his adopted homeland.

United and City have launched a two-pronged assault in the US and Canada, with both sides in the middle of pre-season tours across the Atlantic.

But it is Sir Alex Ferguson’s Premier League champions who have captured the attention of US audiences so far – if attendances and media coverage are anything to go by.

A total of 128,575 fans have turned up to see United’s opening two games against New England Revolution and the Seattle Sounders.

But City managed to get only 35,325 through the gates for their clashes with Club America and the Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps.

Ferguson’s men have also received greater coverage in the US media.

The Wall Street Journal has documented United’s tour since they’ve arrived, but have been quiet on Mancini’s men.

With Barcelona and Real Madrid also taking part in matches in the US this Summer, it’s obvious clubs have realised the vast potetntial of the US markets.

I think in future City should focus on the potential of Stockport market and leave the US to the big clubs.