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Woodward braced for investors' enquiries

MANCHESTER UNITED executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward may be asked to outline how the club intend to bounce back from their terrible season when he reveals second quarter financial results today.

Woodward is due to speak with investors about the results, which continue their upward trend on 12 months ago.

It would be a major surprise if Woodward was not quizzed about the possibility of United failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 1995.

Officials have, in the past, suggested the club's financial situation was robust enough to survive a year outside Europe's number one club competition.

However, rather than a possibility, that situation has become a probability, with David Moyes' side now nine points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool.

Although United could still qualify for the Europa League, the rewards are miniscule in comparison and could cause havoc with pre-season plans, which include a tournament in the United States.

United would also find it harder to sign top players, whilst their commercial department may have difficulty persuading potential partners to invest.