Manchester United could play in a lucrative January friendly after manager Louis van Gaal agreed to the proposal, reports the Daily Mail.
It was initially suggested that the Dutch boss was against such an idea, however it now appears that he's ready to take his side to the Middle East early next year.
Capital One Cup
It appears, then, that United could be set for a friendly in either of the weeks of January 19 or January 26, which are the same weeks that the Capital One Cup semi-finals are set for.
United, of course, have already been dumped out of the competition after they were humiliated at the hands of League One outfit MK Dons in the second round. And, with the club not involved in European competition this term, Van Gaal's side have far more time on their hands than in previous years.
Manchester United must, however, avoid playing in a week when Europe's finest are in action because of UEFA rules. It appears that they want to keep attention firmly fixated on the Champions League and Europa League, which is why United have identified the weeks of the 19th and 26th.
Van Gaal regime
As well as insisting that the possible fixture would be a good move for the club, the Manchester United boss also hinted that the club would take on a top-quality opponent.
The Red Devils chief said: "I agree with that idea.
We (the club and I) have spoken last week with each other and also (chief executive) Ed Woodward, so I fully agree.
It's good because I like to play games against high-level opponents."
It remains to be seen as to whether the club will press ahead with the potential friendly, but it would certainly prove a lucrative move for the club as they look to continue to expand their global fan-base.
For now, though, the Red Devils will be concentrating on their next fixture as they travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Brom next Monday night. Manchester United will be hoping to secure their third straight victory in England's elite division.
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