Gill said last night: "India is certainly interesting.

"We've been approached to go there and we are looking at some soccer school opportunities. We would not rule out going. It's a very wealthy country and is definitely worth looking at."

The Daily Mail says a visit to the sub-continent will happen within two years.

United's research tells them they have 12 million supporters in India and within six months they hope that many will hold club credit cards.

"Look at the IPL cricket league," added Gill. "That has shown India is a very wealthy country. Other clubs will look at it and so will we. They do have ambitions and have a key goal to make the next World Cup. It's a huge, huge country."