Manchester United set for money-spinning winter friendly

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Manchester United are set to play a lucrative money-spinning friendly in the winter break as the club seek new revenue following the Red Devils' failure to qualify for Europe, according to the Sunday People.

The idea has been touted before but now it seems the club are setting the wheels in motion for a match in the Middle East.

Potential opposition has already been sourced in the form of AC Milan and Inter Milan - both of whom also won't be in European competition next season, and Louis van Gaal is said to have given the green light as well.

It is thought the match will take place during the Serie 'A' winter break and will provide United with another revenue stream as they count the cost of their seventh placed Premier League finish.

The club believe they will lose roughly £30m from not competing in next season's Champions League, although they will recoup some of that with a five-match American Tour which will bring in £12m.

The match in January looks likely to take place in either Qatar or Dubai, as United see the UAE as the perfect destination following a successful warm weather training camp back earlier this year.

The club are close to confirming a bumper £650m kit sponsorship deal and the  Old Trafford hierarchy are also reportedly keen to cash in on a deal for their training kit.

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