Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says United Can Recruit in the Summer Without UCL


Tomorrow night could be make or break for Manchester United’s top four hopes. Should they win at Chelsea, they’ll be just three points behind the fourth place Blues. If they lose, they fall nine points off the pace meaning their hopes for qualifying for UEFA Champions League, via a top four finish, will be all but dashed.

Of course, if the UCL ban on Manchester City is upheld, and the club finishes top four, both very likely scenarios, then the fifth place team in the table gets into Europe. Either way, it’s up to United to take care of their own business and make good on their end of the bargain. If you’re going to be betting on this game, perhaps with a bet365 bonus code, then you know that Chelsea are the odds on favorite, backed to win at 5/6. A draw is priced at 11/4 while Manchester United are backed to win 7/2.

If not, they will miss out on added revenue (not like they need to worry about money right now) and might have some issues in recruiting top tier players

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t think it will be that big of a deal however. He believes making UCL would be a boost, but missing out wouldn’t be a back-breaker.

“The Champions League gives the club more resources, more money, that’s one thing,” the Norwegian said at his news conference on Friday.

“It’s a prestigious tournament to be in, of course. Doing as well as we can and if we play well the rest of the season, and players that we might want are impressed by that, it might be easier to convince them that we’re here.”

“But I don’t think one season — this season is the Europa League — if next season is with or without the Champions League, I wouldn’t say that’s the be-all and end-all for a player to sign for us.”

United have missed out on qualifying for Champions League in half (’14, ’16, ’19) of the six seasons that have been completed since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Manchester United at Chelsea FC FYIs

February 17, 8pm, Stamford Bridge

Team news for both sides: go to this link

Starting XI predictions:  Chelsea   Manchester United

TV: Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League and Ultra HD

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Probabilities via Google: Chelsea win 50%,  Draw 27%,  Manchester United win 23%

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