Manchester United seek approval for lucrative friendlies

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Manchester United will have to get permission from the FA before arranging a series of lucrative friendlies abroad next season, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Old Trafford officials are facing up to the fact that Manchester United will miss out on the Champions League next season and, therefore, they huge amounts of revenue that comes with it.

Teams in the Champions League can expect to make at least £25m from television revenue with some teams making considerably more according to certain circumstances.

Manchester United have seemingly not budgeted for falling out of the top four and are now seeking alternative routes for filling the massive gap in their finances.

Every year the club are offered significant, multi-million pound sums to play abroad and time and again the Red Devils have been in a position to reject such offers.

As an example, Manchester United played a friendly in Saudi Arabia in January 2008, the last time they won the Champions League, and reportedly received £2m.

Now without Champions League revenue, the club believe that a series of globe trotting friendlies before and during the Premier League season could generate the £25m they will miss out on.

Money could also be generated from televising their preseason friendlies but forcing the estimated 650m fans worldwide to pay as much as £5.99 to view the matches.

However, before in-season friendlies can be arranged, Manchester United will have to go to the Football Association for approval. As Manchester United account for a significant amount of interest in the Premier League, the FA are expected to approve request.

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