Hertha Berlin reject Manchester United approach

We've all done it...said we're too busy. But not usually when Manchester United come to town.

Usually when one football club is rebuffed by another, it is because they have shown an interest in a player or manager.

But in the case of German side Hertha Berlin, they have said “No thank you” to a match against the newly-crowned Premier League champions.

Anticipating that they will be too busy to welcome United for the proposed August match at Berlin’s Olympic stadium, the club politely declined, citing that the date was too close to the beginning of the Bundesliga season.

Hertha have just secured promotion back to the top flight of German football and wish to be physically and mentally ready for their opening game.

Reports in newspaper Tagesspiegel said the German side felt a match against United would risk injury or fatigue prior to what will be a momentous day when they return to the Bundesliga.

Hertha were relegated at the end of last season, in a play-off against Fortuna Dusseldorf that led to a pitch invasion and a dressing room brawl.

But they have dominated the second division, and their players would surely have welcomed the chance to test themselves against the English champions.

United were hoping to follow in the footsteps of other Premier League sides who have played in Berlin in recent pre-seasons.

It was seen as one of the last stops on a tour that will see United complete a 24,000 mile round-trip playing games in Bangkok, Sydney, Yokohama, Osaka and Hong Kong.

It was believed that the match between United and Hertha would have been a sell-out not just because of the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney coming to town, but because the home fans would be in jubilant mood following their promotion.

Instead United will have to find alternative opponents, as David Moyes warms up for his first attempt at securing silverware with the Community Shield later that month.

Are you planning on attending any of United's pre-season games?  And who should they play instead of Hertha Berlin?

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