According to various sources, the Manchester United board of directors are considering playing in lucrative friendlies midway through the season, to fill the void left by the lack of Champions League football. United have seen a 10% drop in revenue this season, and overseas friendlies would help fill that void.
The overseas friendlies that are proposed are sure to upset new boss Louis van Gaal, who wasn’t happy with the pre-season tour arrangements due to the absurd amount of travelling across America.
To me this idea seems rather silly, Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of revenue generated, and theres no way better than earning money than being in the Champions League.
United can sustain without European football for one season, so why not do without this year, and focus all their attentions on getting in that top four – rather than flying half way around the country and nullifying that slight advantage we have over our rivals.
You have to look at Liverpool and see just how well they did, particularly in the second half of the season, without Champions League football.
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