Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Manchester United should be focussing on winning the Europa League because of the “incentive” of automatic qualification for the Champions League.
Winning the Europa League would mean qualification for the Champions League and has claimed that Manchester United should aim to claim the trophy and make that the main priority this season.
“The thing is, we’ve never won the Europa League,” Ferguson told ESPN. “We never won the UEFA Cup, what it used to be.
“And we’ve got a great draw. I’m not saying it’s a certainty, but they’ve got a great chance.
“It’s still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that.”
Ferguson, was in charge at Old Trafford for 27 years, won two Champions League trophies and a Cup Winners’ Cup while at United, but English clubs have failed to win a European title since Chelsea’s Europa League win back n 2013.
“In the ’70s, Ajax and Bayern Munich; ’80s, Liverpool; ’90s Italy, AC Milan. And then England had a great spell,” the 75-year-old Scot added.
“At the moment, the cycle is with the Spanish teams. And they’re best, that’s why they’re winning it.”
United will be play Belgian side Anderlecht away in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on April the 13th, before hosting Rene Weiler’s side at Old Trafford in the return leg a week later.
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