Louis van Gaal had hoped to organise a Manchester United friendly during the international break but was surprised to see his invitation to SC Cambuur rejected by the Eredivisie club.
The Dutch coach wanted to arrange a competitive match at Old Trafford for his remaining Red Devils stars, in an attempt to maintain the recent momentum built in the Premier League.
Van Gaal also saw the potential fixture as an opportunity for players not called up by their respective countries to improve their overall match fitness before a return to domestic action on Saturday 18 October.
However, his proposed plans have been left in tatters after Cambuur turned down the offer, with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reporting that it is due to the club's tight schedule, as the exhibition game doesn't fit in with Henk de Jong's normal preparation schedule ahead of the Frisian derby against Heerenveen next weekend.
Manchester United's next match isn't actually until October 20 when they travel to The Hawthorns to face an in-form West Bromwich Albion in the Monday night showdown, meaning that the senior squad will have 15 days between that game and the last domestic one they played, a 2-1 victory over Everton on October 5.
It was recently reported that the Red Devils would be looking to arrange a number of different exhibition games throughout the 2014/15 campaign to make up for the club's absence from the Champions League. In fact, United are without any European football for the first time in 19 years following their disappointing seventh place finish in the Premier League last term.
The Cambuur friendly was not suggested as a potential money-spinning exercise, rather for Van Gaal and his footballing reasons, but they still failed to convince the fourth-placed side in Holland's top-flight to commit and fly over to England.
Whether or not Manchester United will have any success in the future remains to be seen, but supporters will be hoping that these friendly proposals do come to fruition to create a little excitement during what are traditionally boring international breaks.
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