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Manchester United chiefs believe they lose between £4million and £5million every time a match is played behind closed doors at Old Trafford.
Premier League supporters have been prevented from attending fixtures since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with only Championship, League One and League Two clubs taking part in recent pilot events to reintroduce spectators.
It is unclear when top-flight fans will be able to return, especially given Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to reintroduce the Rule of Six following another rise in Covid-19 cases.
Playing fixtures behind closed doors has damaged club finances throughout the country, as no matchday revenue has been brought in over the past seven months.
And according to ESPN, United estimate they lose between £4million and £5million every time a game is played without supporters.
If that figure is correct, the Red Devils have missed out on roughly £40million in matchday revenue since football has been played behind closed doors.
That amount would have made the difference in negotiations for Jadon Sancho, who failed to land a switch to Old Trafford this summer.
United were targeting a move for the Borussia Dortmund ace throughout the transfer window, only to fail with a bid worth £90million.
Dortmund were adamant on receiving their full £108million valuation in full, which Ed Woodward and co could not afford in the current climate.
They did manage to secure a late £27million deal for Atalanta winger Amad Traore, 18, but he will not join until January.
According to The Sun, United have told Sancho they will not turn their back on signing him despite struggling to do so in the latest transfer window.
The England star is understood to have told close friends that he still expects to join in the near future, having already set his sights on moving to Old Trafford.
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As well as Traore, United also snapped up Edinson Cavani on a free transfer right at the death in the summer window.
The Uruguay striker was available on a free transfer after leaving Paris St-Germain in July, following £15million left-back Alex Telles in at the club on deadline day.
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