Manchester United consider midweek friendlies to fill Champions League void

Manchester United are mulling over the idea of playing lucrative friendlies abroad to fill the void left by their UEFA Champions League absence, Daily Mail reports.

The Red Devils finished a lowly seventh place last season, which sees the club also miss out on the midweek Europa League fixtures.

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The failure to qualify the Champions League is set to cause a 10% drop in revenue over the course of this season, and it sees the 13-time Premier League champions play just one midweek game for the rest of the year.

Therefore the United hierarchy are seriously considering arranging matches overseas, not only to pull in additional revenue, but gives a reason for the United players to escape some of the cold winter weather.

“That’s something we continue to look at, as always making sure that the preparations we do on the pitch come first,’ said United managing director Richard Arnold.

“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 with regards to the future (friendlies) with Louis (Van Gaal).’

The Middle Eastern countries has been suggested to be the most ideal destinations, and the club’s signings of Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria will make it much easier to attract lucrative fixtures.

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