Coach van Gaal gives midweek friendlies for Man United the thumbs up

Louis van Gaal has given Manchester United's plans to play friendly matches during the midweek the go-ahead.

United's managing director Richard Arnold confirmed the club were looking into the possibility of playing lucrative midweek friendlies abroad - to fill the gaps in their schedule in the absence of European football.

Furthermore, the Old Trafford outfit's calendar has even more open midweek slots after they were eliminated from the Capital One Cup by MK Dons. The club is scheduled to play three English Premier League games on weekdays for the rest of the season.

Despite previously complaining about the Red Devils' lengthy pre-season tours, van Gaal is open to the idea of pitting his team against tough teams in overseas locations - most likely the Middle East - by early next year.


The Dutch boss said: "I fully agree (with playing midweek friendlies. I spoke with Ed (Woodward) and Richard last week.

"I have said in the first three months we must wait because it's difficult enough for the players to adapt to the new playing style and organisation.

"They shall honour that. I like to play midweek games against high level opponents."

Sources: BBC, Mail Online

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