Manchester United are in talks to hold a mid-season 'prestige' friendly against AC Milan, it has been confirmed.
The Red Devils have been assessing their options in an attempt to compensate for the lack of games this season due to their missing out on the Champions League and their early elimination from the Capital One Cup.
AC Milan find themselves out of Europe's leading club competition too, and now the two giants are discussing the possibility of arranging a friendly. According to Chief sports reporter at the Press Association Martyn Ziegler, the game is likely to take place in the Middle East.
As well as providing much-needed game time for Van Gaal's Manchester United squad players, the game will also provide a valuable financial boost. Previous reports have suggested that the game is likely to take place in the first two weeks of January.
The 3rd round of the FA Cup commences from January 3, so the game will likely take place some time after then but before the return of the Champions League in February.
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Before that however the Red Devils will be looking to get back to winning ways but face a tough task in doing so against rivals Manchester City on Sunday. The Red Devils are without a win in their last two games, although battled back to claim a draw against league leaders Chelsea last time round.
Manchester City have hit a rough patch however and haven't won any of their last three games. That run includes a disheartening draw with CSKA Moscow in the Champions League which severely dented their hopes of qualifying for the knock out stages, and a league loss to West Ham. They were also knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Newcastle.