United consider controversial friendly plan

Last Updated: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 13:29

Man Utd are considering arranging several lucrative friendlies across the world next season if they fail to make the Champions League.

With United currently 11 points behind fourth-placed Liverpool in the race for a Champions League spot, they face missing out on European football next season and the vast millions that go with it.

As a result, there are claims club officials are keen to sort out some high-profile friendlies abroad to generate some of that lost income, with plans to play matches in the Middle East, China and the US.

United would hope to charge a television audience a pay-per-view fee for the matches to tap into their huge popularity around the world, but the idea is unlikely to go down too well with some fans and possibly the players, who may feel jetting across the globe to play in pointless games would in fact hinder their chances of making the top four next season, despite the financial gain.

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