Manchester United Aim To Replace Champions League With A Series Of Lucrative Friendlies

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Red Devils plan bizarre way to fill the coffers at Old Trafford.

Manchester United are looking to line up a series of lucrative friendlies overseas to compensate for their lack of Champions League football this season, the Daily Mail reports.

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United have just one midweek game scheduled between now and the end of the calendar year thanks to their non-participation in the tournament and their early exit from the Capital One Cup.

The record 20-time English title winners have forecast a 10 per cent drop in revenue in 2014-15 after they failed to qualify for the Champions League under David Moyes.

But they are now targeting some games in the middle east that will not only allow them to escape the English winter for a few days, but help them exploit the signings of the likes of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria by parading them in territories where they are big commercially.

“That’s something we continue to look at, as always making sure that the preparations we do on the pitch come first,” said United managing director Richard Arnold.

“For many years of our (pre-season) international tours, there is a plan to ensure we get that team building that goes together with getting the team all together in one place. That’s something that’s being looked at with regards to the future (friendlies) with Louis (Van Gaal).”

However, it is unclear as to what manager Louis Van Gaal thinks of the idea, having previously stated that their pre-season tour of the United States put a dampener on their preparation for the new season.

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