Manchester United: Premier League TV deal reduces clubs’ chances in Europe

• Board have sympathy for Louis van Gaal over schedule
• Fears that Premier League is in thrall to Sky and BT Sport

Louis van Gaal retains the support of Manchester United despite being knocked out of the Champions League, as the hierarchy believe the lucrative Premier League broadcast deal has significantly reduced English clubs’ hopes of winning Europe’s biggest prize.

The view of the United board is that TV companies are reluctant to move games to Friday night to assist clubs by giving players more recovery time ahead of Tuesday evening matches in Europe, as is done in some other countries.

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