Although not a match, the relationship between the two sides has remained. The news of the opening of the doors of the ISL game in East Bengal did not take long to reach the English Premier League club.
Greetings from Old Trafford arrive at Leslie Claudius Street in Maidan. Manchester United congratulated East Bengal club for playing in ISL. Christopher Coman, Manchester United’s tour director, quoted East Bengal secretary Kalyan Majumdar as saying in a congratulatory message: “There are many good wishes for the century-old East Bengal club before the start of ISL.” Manchester United management did not forget to thank the red-yellow management for showing the club tent in Kolkata.
Representatives of the Pogbad Club came to Kolkata to explore the possibility of hosting pre-season exhibition matches in India and Bangladesh before the coveted situation was created around the world. Christopher, the tour director, was on that team.
In addition to touring the Yuvbharati Stadium, a five-star hotel in the city, Christopher also visited the East Bengal Club at that time. The two sides also discussed whether to bring Manchester United to Kolkata to play a match as part of the red-and-yellow centenary celebrations. The Manchester United delegation expressed satisfaction over the tour of Kolkata’s grounds, roads, playing environment and East Bengal Club. But then coronavirus infections around the world put a full stop to that possibility. The East Bengal officials also came back thinking of the huge cost of organizing the match.