UK Manchester United's Europa League approach highlights their summer priority last minute news

MetiNews.Com - Man United have gone the longest without a trophy since the late 80s and are favourites to win the Europa League but an early exit might benefit them.

UK Manchester United's Europa League approach highlights their summer priority last minute news

MetiNews.Com - Man United have gone the longest without a trophy since the late 80s and are favourites to win the Europa League but an early exit might benefit them.

UK Manchester United's Europa League approach highlights their summer priority last minute news
02 August 2020 - 05:24

Breaking News ! When Manchester United are prioritising finishing third over silverware and not getting a kicking it is a reflection of how different the footballing landscape is from more innocent times. Finishing fifth and winning the FA Cup could not spare Louis van Gaal the sack, never mind 13th and the Cup - the conclusion to Alex Ferguson's third full season as manager in 1990. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is as safe as houses now the Champions League logo will soon be unfurled in the Old Trafford centre circle. United players reported back at Carrington on Saturday after five days off following 11 games in 37 days. Some embarked on holidays and there is every chance United will be in holiday mode when the Europa League resumes with the visit of LASK Linz, a tie competition winners could participate in and United would still progress. The significance of the Europa League to United has been diluted by their third-place finish in the Premier League and its meaningfulness is incomparable with the final in 2017. The Uefa Cup was the only major trophy to have eluded United and their programme cover for the semi-final second leg with Celta Vigo was of a jigsaw of the 'United trophy collection and 'the final piece' hovering over its slot. Read More Related Articles Where United stand on Jadon Sancho transfer interest Read More Related Articles Why Jadon Sancho wants to join United The 2017 final with Ajax was also augmented by United's domestic failure in finishing sixth and the threat of a second consecutive season outside the Champions League. The campaign hinged on their meeting in Stockholm and there was added emotion two nights after the Manchester Arena attack. "We won for them," a sweat-drenched Paul Pogba proclaimed on the pitch, referring to the victims. Jose Mourinho had urged the players to win the final 'for the kids' in his team talk and Ander Herrera spoke eloquently at his man of the match press conference: "I want to dedicate the trophy to the victims. This is just football but what happened two days ago was horrible." Read More Related Articles Fernandes picks his Premier League five-a-side team Read More Related Articles United 2020/21 home kit and release date 'leaked' There was additional satisfaction in the Old Trafford museum housing two trophies after the much-lauded coaching trident of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, and Mauricio Pochettino ended the season potless. "In a bad season, in a season where sometimes I felt that my team was the worst team in the world, where I felt I was the worst manager in the world, we win three trophies and go to the Champions League by winning a trophy, not by finishing fourth, third or second," Mourinho bragged. A Cologne final devoid of raucous supporters is not going to arouse emotions like those witnessed inside the Friends Arena in 2017.

. Read More Related Articles United could force City into breaking their transfer record Read More Related Articles United might have to wait before making loan transfer decision Sixteen members of the United squad are yet to dangle a winner's medal around their neck with the club and however hollow victory in Cologne would feel it is essential United strive to end a trophy drought that has ticked past three years. They have not gone this long without silverware since the five-year gap between Ron Atkinson's last FA Cup and Ferguson's first in 1990. The prospect of an international tournament bubble in Cologne is still unappealing for players knackered by the domestic denouement. Bruno Fernandes clocked up 1,046 minutes across 11 games, Harry Maguire played every minute and Victor Lindelof, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial started every league game. Read More Related Articles New United signings train at Carrington Read More Related Articles Exclusive: United considering Europa League team changes United are yet to confirm their travel plans for the Europa League from the quarter-finals onwards but are believed to be leaning towards flying in and out of Germany. There are six days between their quarter-final and semi-final and then five days until the final. Nemanja Matic has outlined United's intention to mount a credible championship challenge next season and they are already at a disadvantage in that the Europa League final will be held 22 days before next season starts. Liverpool, already out of the Champions League, have a 48-day gap. Matic is yet to win anything with United but Pogba has already won the Europa League Solskjaer will never admit it but the upside to the FA Cup semi-final surrender to Chelsea was it gave United a week off. FA Cup and Europa League final appearances would have encompassed 15 games in nine weeks, with the only downtime coming around the LASK tie on Wednesday when there are likely to be 11 changes. Recalling some, if not all, the big-hitters for their first game in 15 days against Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir when they are undercooked has the makings of a 'shock' early exit. If not then, then possibly against Wolves, Olympiakos, Roma or Sevilla in the last four. And United would probably avoid a kicking.

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UK Manchester United's Europa League approach highlights their summer priority last minute news


UK Manchester United's Europa League approach highlights their summer priority last minute news


UK Manchester United's Europa League approach highlights their summer priority last minute news


UK Manchester United's Europa League approach highlights their summer priority last minute news

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