By Andy Jones
- Exit from Champions League sees United dropping into the Europa League
- United should look on the competition as a chance to win some silverware
Sir Alex Ferguson used to set out each season with the aim of winning at least one trophy, usually this turned out to be the Premier league title, and whilst that still remains a possibility for the current squad.
The Europa League should not be dismissed as waste of time, with the aim to be knocked out as quickly as possible.
A quick look through the previous winners of the competition, including in its previous guise as the UEFA cup, sees the likes of Bayern Munich. Real Madrid, Juventus, Porto, Internazionale and Atletico Madrid, with the name of Manchester United missing.
Yes people will say that football has moved on, but the competition winners get automatic qualification into next seasons Champions league and also 6million Euros just for winning.
We haven’t won the Premier League since 2012/13, The league cup since 2009/10 and the FA cup for a staggering 10 seasons, so to dismiss a genuine chance of silverware smacks of arrogance, and a club, dare I say it, living on past glories.
Van Gaal is doing a rebuilding job, many of the players currently in the squad have never won a thing in their careers, the likes of Lingard, Martial, Shaw, Herrera, success breeds success, an extra 9 games of European football is hardly going to do them any harm, and will put them in better stead for next season.
Last night against Wolfsburg saw much more attacking intent, players willing to make forward runs, players looking to pass forwards rather tha sideways, yet ironically is was the usually reliable defence that cost us, conceding 2 goals from set pieces.
The pressure on LVG has been ranked up by both fans and the press, the injury list is mounting, but isn’t that what this football club is used to? backs to the wall, to come out fighting and show the world that we are still a force.
The average age of the starting XI last night was 24, its very much a team for the future, whoever ends up in charge, so why not get them some valuable experience now, and to be honest, I was bored of playing the same teams every season in the Champions league anyway!