Van Gaal backs Man United midweek friendlies plan

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal supports the club’s plan to play a series of midweek exhibition matches oversees from the New Year,Red Devils managing director Richard Arnold confirmed earlier this week that United are discussing the possibility of playing glamour friendlies abroad at the start of 2015, to fill the void left by their failure to qualify for European football.The matches, which could take place in the Middle East, would provide Van Gaal’s team with some kind of action during the weeks when their rivals are in Champions League action.And it could, in theory, help the 20-times English champions recover some of the money they have lost by failing to qualify for Europe’s biggest club competition last term.Van Gaal raised concerns about United’s lengthy travelling during their pre-season tour of the United States, but he has no concerns about taking the squad away next year.“I agree with that idea,” the United manager said.“We [Arnold and Van Gaal] have spoken last week with each other and also [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward, so I fully agree.“I’m used to playing midweeks but I have said in the first three months of the season we have to wait because it’s difficult enough for the players to adapt and adjust to the new play organisation and style and they shall honour that also but we shall play midweeks.“It’s good because I like to play games against high-level opponents.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal last_img

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