Kieran Maguire: Man United could 'win big' from 'crazy idea' condemned by Sir Alex Ferguson
Man United could “win big” if one Premier League game per season is moved abroad.
So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the controversial concept of ‘game 39’.
As reported by The Athletic on 28 September, Premier League shareholders recently discussed the possibility of playing matches on foreign soil.
The Premier League has since distanced itself from the idea and instead claimed they want more competitive overseas pre-season friendlies.
The concept of ‘game 39’ has been debated since the early 2000s.
Quoted by The Guardian in 2008, United director and legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson said he was “not in favour” of the plans, which he thought “impossible” to implement
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Maguire claims that the idea could be lucrative for United but also a danger in terms of their “history and heritage”.
“We know Man United, for example, have countless fans in Indonesia,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“But how you monetise that support is a different matter. The Premier League have to be careful how they go about this.
“They realised they can only extract so much money from so-called legacy fans. But for Man United and the like, they could win big from this.
“For the 39th game, would it make sense to have Man United against Liverpool, Spurs against Chelsea and so on?
“But that also means you end up with clashes like Crystal Palace against Burnley as well.
“They might actually be able to make more money out of they have Man United against Burnley and Chelsea against Crystal Palace.
“Fans will definitely turn up to see one of those teams. You will be able to sell out to a far greater extent across more venues.
“There is certainly an appetite to see meaningful matches take place overseas. It is a bit of a crazy idea, but you can see the financial benefits.
“From a history and heritage point of view, however, it could be negative.“
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