Man Utd 'would welcome' Facebook and Amazon TV rights bids

United won the UEFA Europa League back in May earning a Champions League return

United won the UEFA Europa League back in May earning a Champions League return

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward expects Facebook and Amazon to "enter the mix" when the next Premier League TV rights deal is negotiated later this year.

United put that primarily down to "the new Premier League broadcasting rights agreement plus progression to, and success in winning, the UEFA Europa League final". "You just adjust. We spend the money elsewhere and we're spending it wisely". Secondly, Amazon has taken over the Thursday night streaming from Twitter for the National Football League and, thirdly, the MLS deal with Facebook is very interesting to broadcast 22 games in the regular season.

He said: "Anecdotally there was strong interest in the last cycle. I think it's going to be increasingly important to digitally engage with fans, and we think we can be complementary to partners like this coming in".

Manchester United have announced a record revenue for the 2016/17 season after publishing their fourth quarter financial report for the three months ending 30th June 2017 and the annual report for the year as a whole as well.

The strides made financially came despite United not taking part in the Champions League last season, but the club is set to make less than usual from its participation due to their qualification through the Europa League rather than league positioning.

The English clubs, who command the most lucrative sports contract in Europe, are hoping interest from players other than BT Group Plc and Sky Plc will drive up the price of the Premier League rights.

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