AC Milan director Umberto Gandini has confirmed that discussions with Manchester United have been opened about a midseason friendly.
As neither AC Milan or United is in the Champions League this year, it is an opportunity for both clubs to make up on some lost revenue and after United drew crowds of over 100,000 for a friendly against Real Madrid during the pre-season tour (pictured below), more friendlies were expected.
“This is something we have been talking about for a few weeks and we have a committed interest to do something together,” AC Milan’s director Gandini said.
Louis van Gaal has given his support to friendlies such as this so long as it is against top opposition because without European football, United only have the Premier League and FA Cup this season which simply isn’t enough with a squad as big as United’s.
At this stage a date and location hasn’t been set but there is every chance it could be set in a neutral location in the Middle East so as to increase the potential draw of seeing United play in another country.
So long as the friendlies don’t hinder United in any way there isn’t much of a negative side to them and hopefully the need for them is temporary as Champions League football should be back at Old Trafford next season.