Manchester United debt increases by nearly 20% to £338m after Brexit vote causes collapse in value of the pound

United have seen their debt increase by over £50m following the vote to leave the European Union and the failure to qualify for the Champions League

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Manchester United have seen their turnover and operating profit decline after posting their fiscal first quarter results, and the club’s debt has increased nearly 20 per cent to £338m due to the post-Brexit effect on the foreign exchange rate.

It means that United’s debt has increased by £51.5m in three months, with the collapse in the value of the pound following the vote to leave the European Union behind the sizeable increase.

But despite the results – for the three months ending 30 September 2016 – and United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward confirmed on Thursday that the Premier League club are still on course to post record revenue of between £530m and £540m this year.

The club announced that first quarter net profits fell 76% to £1.2m from £5m in the same period last year, although this is partly due to a lower number of home matches, and operating profits were down 35%.

Woodward was also keen to stress that despite United’s European failure last season, the club have still demonstrated their global appeal by signing players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and £89m world record transfer Paul Pogba in the summer.

"We added a number of top quality players to our squad, which once again demonstrates our determination to challenge for trophies,” Woodward said.

The club cited the change in the sterling exchange rate as a major factor in the debt increase, although it will not go down well with fans who have shown frustration and anger at the clubs debt levels since the Glazer family took control of the club in 2005.

The sterling exchange rate against the dollar has dropped from $1.5128 on 30 September 2015 to $1.2941 this year, but the club also added that squad investment had also been taken into account following the additions of Pogba,Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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