After failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, Manchester United will consider playing midweek international friendlies.
After failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, Manchester United will consider playing midweek international friendlies, managing director Richard Arnold said, according to the Guardian.
Failing to qualify for the Champions League could lead to a 10 percent drop in revenue, according to the Guardian. United would "attract lucrative contracts" by scheduling midweek games in places such as the Middle East, the Guardian says.
United finished seventh in the Premier League last season and failed to qualify for the both the Champions League and the lesser Europa League. The club responded by firing manager David Moyes and hiring Louis van Gaal, the coach of Dutch national team.
This is the first time in 19 years United will not be playing in the Champions League. After a stunning 4-0 defeat at the hands of third-tier club MK Dons in the Football League Cup, United has no more non-Premier League midweek games this season.
United played a series of friendlies in America this summer. All 100,000-plus tickets for the Red Devils' game against Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium sold in less than day.
After beating West Ham United on Saturday, Man U currently sits seventh in the Premier League table at 2-3-2.
The Red Devils are widely considered the most successful team in English history and one of the most famous clubs in the world. They have been the champions of England's top flight 20 times and won the FA Cup 11 times, both records. They have also won the Champions League three times.
- Dan Gartland