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Manchester United set to become 'globe-trotters'

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Manchester United could opt to play a series of money-spinning friendlies if they fail to qualify for Europe next season, according to The Mirror.

David Moyes' side currently lie sixth in the Premier League - 11 points behind fourth placed Liverpool - and on current form they may not even earn a spot in the Europa League let alone the Champions League.

It also now appears unlikely United will win this season's competition following the dismal 2-0 defeat against Olympiakos in Athens in midweek.

In an attempt to recoup some of the money the club would lose by missing out on European competition next season, the Red Devils could use UEFA matchdays to play friendlies all over the world.

Opposition such as David Beckham's new MLS franchise are already being touted as potential opponents.

United often turn down similar proposals - they declined the chance to play a game in Dubai during a recent warm weather training break - and similar friendlies in recent years have proved profitable for the club.

Back in January 2008, they earned £2 million for playing a match in Saudi Arabia and they also broadcast a friendly against AIK Solna last season for which supporters had to pay a one-off fee of £5.99.

The idea is one that is unprecedented in English football but it would help to generate extra revenue which could be essential as missing out on Europe is said to cost £25 million.

With a reported global fanbase of 650 million, the matches would allow fans across the globe to see their beloved Red Devils although the idea could potentially alienate regular match-going supporters.

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