Israel invites Manchester United to play during 60th anniversary celebrations

The Israeli government has invited Manchester United to play a match during the state's 60th anniversary celebrations. United manager Alex Ferguson was asked to take his team to Israel later this year during a meeting Thursday at Old Trafford with Israel's ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor. "I formally invited Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United to visit Israel during the 60th anniversary," Prosor told The Associated Press. "I did not get a formal answer, but it seems very positive and I think we will try on both sides to get it to happen." The defending Premier League champions would travel to Israel at the end of the European season in May, shortly after the anniversary, to play the Israeli national team. Last June, Spanish champion Real Madrid played a mixed Israeli-Palestinian team in a charity match at Ramat Gan stadium.