Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is hoping that the club are not next season in the Europa Conference League..
But the current Ajax manager is going to not have any difficulties navigating the Europa League with a route to the Champions League, the prize for winning the second club competition of UEFA.
Ten Hag hopes his new club is able to stay away from finishing seventh, which might mean playing in the Conference League the following season, with entry into Europe’s top Champions League now gone for United. Ten Hag thinks that the picture is not all gloom and doom, especially with several new faces and present players buying into his techniques.
He acknowledges that it will be a huge job to stem the decline and bring United back into the Champions League. The European picture for the following season is complex, with West Ham and Leicester both still in the race to win the Conference and Europa Leagues. However, with Liverpool winning the Carabao Cup and facing Chelsea in the FA Cup the following month, clubs who finish sixth or seventh in the Premier League will likely be in contention for either the Europa League or maybe the Conference. If United finish eighth, they are going to have no European football in the coming season, giving ten Hag additional time to shape the club’s future.
In the meantime, United boss Ralf Rangnick accepts that Old Trafford isn’t an appealing location for top players without the cherry on top of Champions League football. Rangnick, who’s set to move into a two year advisory role with Manchester United once the season ends, urged the Red Devils to quit making glamorous signings and concentrate their efforts on promising young players.
Rangnick asserted that Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool now have the advantage over United with regards to signing the top players in Europe. Rangnick thinks United ought to be interested interested in the likes of Borussia Dortmund – star Erling Haaland, but concedes that rivals who can offer a Champions League football have the edge.
The German side gave Ten Hag a brutal reality check by claiming they have to adjust their transfer targets after a terrible season. He said: I think the club ought to try to find and develop future top players. ” This player is 21: Haaland. He grew to be one of the world’s most expensive strikers.
He said: “He is one of the examples that the focus should be on, to persuade players who must be Manchester United players in the next few years. The club and team need new players, it’s obvious. Some players are on loan and some do not have contracts, some aren’t available, some want more game time. The club clearly needs some new players. You need the whole package of skills, physicality, mentality, quality.
“But once other clubs such as Chelsea Liverpool and Manchester City are involved, you want some good reasons. Something must be explained to players [why they ought to join United] and that’s why Erik thinks it’s important. Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel tell me that if they would like players, they speak to them, and the exact same is likely with Pep Guardiola. They talk to them, discover about their character and mentality and in case they’re the best fit..