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Van Gaal to make controversial choice on United's £35m shortfall

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has an interesting decision to make regarding mid-season friendlies, according to a report.

Louis van Gaal is a man with a plan for almost anything, as he has demonstrated at the World Cup with Holland.

And United have so much trust in him that they are leaving their new manager with a key decision on fixture arrangement.

Due to the club not having any Champions League football to play, there exists the possibility that the Red Devils can play mid-season friendlies during gaps in the calendar which may emerge.

Only this February the Red Devils went on a break to Dubai for a training camp, but did not play in any fixtures. 

The Guardian report that United are open to the possibility of arranging money-spinning friendlies mid-season when the calendar may allow, but the final decision will rest with Louis van Gaal.

The report claims that United actually turned down an offer to play in Dubai last season, but have not ruled out such possibilities this time around.

The reason United are considering this, is to help make up the £35 million shortfall in revenue they have suffered as a failure for qualifying for the Champions League, with games netting millions for the club coffers, able to potentially screen them on MUTV as pay-per-view.

Real Madrid played a friendly in Dubai last January, and United have even done so before back in 2008 for a testimonial game.

Yet choosing to do so comes with it's own risk. If a player got injured in such a match, it would be viewed as a disaster, while even such an exhibition game is the very opposite of 'resting up' as they ideally should do when a calendar break presents itself.

From a positive perspective, a game could allow certain players to get crucial match fitness, but as the report states, van Gaal may decide total focus on the Premier League, and cutting out distractions like overseas friendlies mid-season, is of greater benefit.

The club's respect for Van Gaal to entrust such a decision is telling, and United fans should rest assured that the calculated Dutchman will make a choice which he feels is for the best for the football club, although if they do decide to play - he will have to cross his fingers it does not backfire.

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