Rematch for United

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Manchester United have confirmed they will play a second match against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

The terrorist attack in Jakarta on Friday forced the Red Devils to postpone a planned trip to Indonesia and, although efforts were made to relocate that fixture, ultimately it has proved impossible.

So, with Sir Alex Ferguson keen to play four fixtures on tour as originally planned - and an offer to fly to Sydney rejected on geographical grounds - United have reorganised another game against opponents they defeated 3-2 at the Bukit Jalil Stadium on Saturday.

United chief executive David Gill confirmed a request had been made by the Indonesian government for United to fulfil Monday's fixture despite the bomb blasts that killed at least nine people and left at least 50 injured but this was rejected.

"The presidential office made a plea for us to go but, after discussions with the tour organisers and the Foreign Office, we decided it was not appropriate," he said.

"We had to make a decision very quickly and it wasn't easy but we feel this was the right one.

"We have a lot of talented footballers at Manchester United and we have to make sure they are safe, but that goes for everyone associated with the club.

"These situations are not easy but I am sure people will understand and one day we hope to go back."

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