Manchester United forward Michael Owen
Manchester United forward Michael Owen (R) dribbles the ball against Seattle Sounders FC defender Jeff Parke (L) during their friendly match at CenturyLink Field in Seattle REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

A recent study has shown that English Premier League club Manchester United is more popular in the US than its city rivals Manchester City.

Both United and City have started their long tour of the US and Canada as part of their pre-season tours.

The study has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson’s team has managed to capture the attention of more than 120,000 fans when they turned up for the club’s opening two games against New England and Seattle Sounders.

Rivals Manchester City, in comparison, has only managed to get about 35,000 fans for the club’s games against Club America and the Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps.

“United have undoubtedly made a bigger impact in America. They’ve been working there a lot longer as they have in most areas,” said Tom Cannon, professor of strategic development at Liverpool University.

“City are making a lot more effort now though. The influence of Beckham has made United a massive brand in America,” he added.

The professor further said that it’s a mounting battle for all football clubs to capitalize on the American market with others like basketball, baseball and American football in lead, the Menmedia reported.