Manchester United could be forced to miss out on a money-spinning trip to America to participate in the Europa League.
As part of their £53 million-a-year shirt sponsorship deal with the American makers Chevrolet, United are due to embark on a three-week tour of North America in mid-July.
But their desperate form in the Premier League could leave David Moyes's side scrapping it out in European football's second competition if they miss out on the top four and a place in the Champions League.
United could be forced to play in the third round of Europa League qualifiers with a possible match on July 31 depending on whether they qualify by winning the Capital One Cup or through a revival in their their league form.
Last seasons's champions are seventh in the Premier League standings. They are already six points adrift of the top four.
A promotional tour ahead of the US trip has already been axed. United do not want to venture to North America until after the World Cup final in Brazil on July 13.
A club spokesperson told the Mirror: “We are working on our pre-season plans and hope to make an announcement in the coming weeks.”