Tuesday, March 2

Gamble on Madrid for under 40 quid

Yes, United must get the better of three potential opponents across five potential games to get there.

And while we don't want to jinx their reds on their way to what would be a third consecutive UEFA Champions League final, we know that, if they make it, flight prices will rocket.

With the help of Red Issue's Cal6899, we have found a way of getting to Madrid for the big match for just £32.48.

Ryanair has two flights from London Stansted to Madrid on Wednesday May 19, leaving at 08:30 and 19:00 and each costing £16.24 one way.

The final this year will be on Saturday May 22 and there are homeward flights with the same airline on the same route on Tuesday May 25 at 06:30 and 17:10 for £16.24 one way.

That's £32.48 in total.

Of course, Ryanair will try to add on lots of charges, so only take hand luggage, don't get Ryanair's insurance or Speedy boarding.

And make sure you pay for the flights via Entropay, which will only charge you peanuts rather than the £10 card charge.

Overall, it shouldn't cost you more than £35 per person.

And remember, you can always cover your losses by betting on United not to reach the final to make it so the stake pays out £35.

So, with betfair, you can bet £8 that United won't reach Madrid and win £38.40.

So either way, you'll lose a maximum of £8.

The alternative is planning a holiday either way.

You could catch a £30 one-way train to Alicante on the day after the match, enjoy Benidorm for a few days and then book an easyJet flight from Alicante to London Luton or to Liverpool for about £25 one way on most days after the final.

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