Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will play in the blockbuster clash against English Premier League rivals Aston Villa at Optus Stadium in July.
The game is part of a two-night International Festival of Football with Leeds United playing Crystal Palace in the other fixture.
Ronaldo, who re-signed for United last year on a two-season deal with the option to extend for a further year, has been one of their few stand-out performers this season.
But there has been speculation the 37-year-old Portuguese international is unwanted by new manager Erik ten Hag.
There are also rumors he will quit at the end of the season if United fail to qualify for next year’s Champions League.
But when former United great Denis Irwin, speaking at the launch of the weekend football bonanza, was asked whether Ronaldo would play, he said: “Absolutely.
“He’s got another year of his contract left.
“We’ll be bringing a full squad.”
With the World Cup on the horizon Irwin, now a club ambassador, said players would not be given an option about the pre-season tour that also takes in Thailand and the Eastern States.
“Absolutely not,” the former Republic of Ireland international said.
“They are playing for Manchester United.
“We will be bringing the best possible squad.
“I don’t think anybody will be thinking about the World Cup at that stage.”
United have had a poor season and the tour will give ten Hag the chance to check out the squad.
“We’ve got a new manager coming in, everybody is excited about that,” Irwin said.
“Every player will want to impress.
“We’re bringing a big squad, new manager, it’s almost time for a reset I guess.
“It’s been a real poor year, got to hold our hands up and admit that.
“I don’t think you can hide away from that fact.
“This is perfect for pre-season. It really is.
“The environment, weather, is really ideal for players.
“Playing Villa will be a fantastic occasion.”
The State Government said clubs had committed to bringing full squads, giving fans the chance to watch players like Ronaldo, whose grandparents, Jose Vivieros and Maria-Angela Spinola, moved to WA about 20 years ago from Funchal in Madeira.
United visited three years ago, beating Perth Glory 2-0 in front of 50,206 fans while another 55,274 spectators watched the 4-0 demolition of a weakened Leeds.
The WA Government said that visit brought a $16.5 million boost to the economy with 13,000 visitors from 30 countries and interstate.
Tourism Minister Roger Cook said the July games had been funded from the government’s $196 million ”reconnect package’ to bring visitors to WA.
“We want a decent game. We want to make sure they bring their best teams because we want this to be an important sporting event,” he said.
Leeds play Palace on Friday July 22 with the United-Villa clash the following night.