Manchester United look to cash in on worldwide friendlies should they miss out on Champions League football next year
David Moyes' side are considering a series of high profile games to help recoup money that will be lost if they fail to qualify for Europe
Saturday 01 March 2014
Manchester United are set to fill their empty mid-week fixture slots with a series of global money-grabbing friendlies should they miss out on European football next year.
The club are planning several one off games in such places as the Middle East, America and India in an attempt to subsidies the potential loss of up to £20million if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
The club would also lose a further £5million if they miss out on the Europa League as well.
United, who have featured in the Champions League in each of the past 19 seasons, sit sixth in the Premier League, 11 points off Liverpool in fourth.
David Moyes’ team are also on the cusp of being eliminated for this year’s Champions League following a damaging 2-0 defeat away to Olympiakos in their Round of 16 first leg last week.
Should David Moyes’ awful first season in charge of United end with no European football to play in next year, the powers that be at Old Trafford will look to fill weeks with high-profile friendlies across the world.
United already have a five-game tour of America in the summer to look forward to which stands to make over £12million for the club, showing that the market for these games is a highly lucrative one indeed.
There are many big-name teams who could fill potential games against United and provide glamour ties sure to bring in financial success. Inter Milan, Porto, Valencia and Borussia Dortmund are among a string of illustrious teams performing poorly in their leagues this year and could be some possible opponents if United fail to achieve European football and the plan goes ahead.
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