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Manchester United could play lucrative midweek friendly matches overseas

Arnold is considering midweek overseas friendlies for Man United. Credit: PA

Manchester United managing director Richard Arnold admits the Premier League club could play lucrative midweek friendly matches this season.

The Red Devils' early League Cup exit, coupled with their failure to qualify for European football means there is only one remaining midweek fixture scheduled for Louis van Gaal's team.

The club's Champions League absence is predicted to cause a 10% fall in revenue for 2014/15, a drop that could be softened by arranging friendly fixtures across the globe.

More than 100,000 fans watched Man United in Michigan. Credit: Reuters

A pre-season friendly against Real Madrid in Michigan this summer attracted 109,318 supporters, and the club are confident of creating similar interest during the current campaign.

"We have a fantastic partnership in terms of our work off the pitch and I'm very appreciative of the support we have had from him," Arnold said of United manager, Van Gaal, allaying fears he would oppose such fixtures.

"For many years of our [pre-season] international tours, there is a plan to ensure we get that team building that goes together with getting the team all together in one place.

"That's something that's being looked at."

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Manchester United deny Ander Herrera has been summoned over match-fixing allegations

Midfielder Herrera will not be quizzed by the Spanish authorities. Credit: PA

Man United have denied midfielder Ander Herrera is one of 20 players summoned by the Spanish authorities to answer questions about potential match-fixing.

Herrera played in Zaragoza's 2-1 La Liga victory against Villarreal in May 2011, a match which ensured they avoided relegation, but is now being investigated over allegations of game rigging and illegal betting patterns.

Reports last week suggested Herrera, who was playing his last game for Zaragoza before joining Athletic Bilbao in July 2011, would be quizzed along with 19 other players on Thursday 2nd October.

But United have confirmed that Herrera has not been implicated, and will remain in Manchester where he is trying to recover from a back injury in time for Sunday's Premier League clash against Everton.

Van Gaal admits interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal admits he is interested in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, but doubts Real Madrid are willing to sell him.

Speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Old Trafford increased this week. Credit: Reuters

Speculation that Ronaldo could return to United intensified this week following comments by former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon that the Portuguese attacker was "fed up" with Madrid's transfer policy.

Ronaldo, who left United for a then World record fee of £80 million in 2009, has previously hinted he could return to his former club.

Asked whether he could attempt to re-sign the 29-year-old, Van Gaal said: "It is possible.

"That's what I have said with Falcao. Players like Ronaldo give a lot of extra to a team, but I don't think Real Madrid shall sell him."

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Man United to announce record revenue

Manchester United's financial results didn't suffer due to their poor form on the pitch. Credit: PA

Manchester United are expected to announce record revenue on Wednesday, despite last season's seventh-place finish in the Premier League.

The club made £420million, ensuring a £25million profit for the Red Devils, significantly down from a £146.4million profit for 2012-13.

The details of former manager David Moyes' pay-off will also be released in the figures.

Van Gaal 'not shocked' by MK Dons thrashing

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal says he is "not shocked" by his side's 4-0 thrashing at the hands of MK Dons in last night's Capital One Cup.

Louis Van Gaal is yet to record a competitive win with United. Credit: Reuters

"We made errors in building up situations in the first phase, and when you make errors like that you give the match away," the former Dutch national team coach said.

Van Gaal is without a win in three games as the club's new boss but says building a new team "takes time".

He added that new British record signing Angel Di Maria should improve the team but will need time to "adapt to our culture, our philosophy".

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