Manchester United are set to play a series of lucrative friendlies abroad next season, in an attempt to cut their losses for missing out on Champions League football. United have earned almost £35m from taking part in Europe’s premier competition this year, and without that the club need other ways of generating that money.
United are constantly offered multi-million-pound deals to take part in friendly and testimonial games all over the world and the club owners are confident that they’ll be able to generate a good amount of money from taking part in one-off games abroad.
In 2008, United flew to Saudi Arabia to take part in the testimonial of former Wolves player Sami Al-Jaber – a 6,000 mile round-trip worth £1million sandwiched in the middle of of two Premier League games; Herein lies the problem. United would be flying all over the world in the middle of the season to take part in meaningless games where our players could be risking injury.
I’m all for taking part in these games if David Moyes uses them as a way to utilise younger players. He should leave his regular first-teamers at home to rest up for the more meaningful games, and give the minutes to emerging talents like Nick Powell and Jesse Lingard.