Ronald McDonald Led Manchester United Out In A Pre-Season Game Because Football Is Bad Now

Twitter is not lovin' it

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For top teams, pre-season tours are now just cross-continental marketing campaigns. No longer are clubs content with hopping on a MegaBus Gold to thrash some UK small-timers – now they're tasked with slinging shirts and branded bed covers across Asia and North America.

It's basically a chance for moneymaking photo ops and a bit of a kick-around, if time allows.

That being said, Manchester United and Real Madrid have just taken the exercise to an embarrassing new low.

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Yep, that's Ronald McDonald, leading the clubs out at the Levi's stadium in Santa Clara, California. Here he is shaking the players' hands. They look mortified, obviously.

Needless to say, Twitter had a few things to say about the guest appearance:

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The match ended 1-1, FYI – fitting, when you consider that there are no winners in this situation.