Manchester United have made changes to their pre-season plans for next season amidst the current crisis resulted by the coronavirus pandemic.
After making some important purchases from the transfer market, Manchester United prefer preparing for the new season training outside of Europe. It has become a ritual for most of the elite clubs nowadays.
They visit different places and play friendly matches to give their fans outside England a chance to feel the excitement and enjoy watching the team play in the flesh every year. The different climates and atmospheres helps teams prepare for a season both physically and mentally.
Every boss makes more than three substitutions, testing his player’s strengths and weaknesses. They work on the team’s flaws and several specific tactics. And it has always been fun to watch a European club playing friendlies outside Europe.
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However, the upcoming pre-season might miss the chance of relishing that moment as the current crisis has created dark clouds of uncertainty upon those clubs’ pre-season plans.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United have confirmed that they will not be making any pre-season tour this summer owing to the coronavirus crisis.
According to United’s chief financial officer Cliff Baty, the decision of cancelling the tour had been made final when they saw that the Premier League and the Europa League seasons would not get completed anytime soon.
Speaking on United’s quarterly conference call, Baty confirmed:
“Looking further ahead, given the revised timing for domestic and UEFA competitions, we will not be participating in our typical summer tour activities this year.”
“Retail revenues will be impacted due to the closure of our Megastore. Broadcast revenues will be dependent on the timing of matches played in the fourth quarter. Matchday revenues will be significantly impacted by the closure of Old Trafford to fans.”
The decision of cancelling the pre-season tour would create a negative impact on United’s financial policies.
They had a plan to visit India and play a friendly game against East Bengal at Kolkata as a part of the former’s centenary celebrations. But it would not happen as the pandemic has brought the plans to a halt.
The last time when United had to play inside Europe was back in 2002. They completed all their friendlies in Norway and Holland. The same thing might happen this time.
With summer transfer window approaching, how many players do you think United would be able to sign?