Midweek friendly idea being entertained by Man Utd

Manchester United are exploring the possibility of the club playing midweek friendlies across the world, the BBC has reported.

United failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 19 years after finishing seventh last season – and the cub has lost out on a reported figure of more than £40m.

While their main rivals are all playing in Europe’s elite competition, an early League Cup exit means the Red Devils will only play three more midweek games this term, with all of those Premier League fixtures.

The club had reported a record annual revenue of £433.2m for the last financial year – with £23.8m profits – but could see these drop by around 10% without taking part in a European competition.

To remedy this the club are now looking at the possibility of playing lucrative friendlies abroad, after more than 100,000 people turned out for their preseason friendly with Real Madrid.

United’s managing director Richard Arnold confirmed that it is something the club are looking into, and believes that manager Louis van Gaal would be receptive to the idea of taking his team abroad in attempts to bond the squad, much like preseason.

He said: “For many years of our [pre-season] international tours, there is a plan to ensure we get that team building that goes together with getting the team all together in one place.

“That’s something that’s being looked at.”

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