Manchester United vice chairman, Ed Woodward, famously said that the club “have to play Champions League football” in order to truly compete with the upper echelon of European football. The Red Devils were knocked out of the competition by Sevilla in the group stage last season and whilst they did manage to qualify for the Europa League, they were eliminated in the semi-finals by Ajax. Whilst it is clear that the club need to compete in Europe’s top
So far in 2017/2018, De Gea has kept 20 clean sheets in all competitions, breaking the previous record of 18 held by Peter Schmeichel. The Spaniard has also kept four consecutive Premier League clean sheets, with the Red Devils holding a 12-point lead at the top of the table. United have scored the most goals (96) in the league this season, while conceding the fewest (20).
The player is Ten Hag, who is the head coach of Ajax Cape Town. He is adamant that Champions League football is a must for his side, as he believes that it will give his team the best chance of success. Ajax Cape Town currently sits in 6th place in the league, and Ten Hag is hoping that qualifying for the Champions League will help his team improve their performance.
"We have to play Champions League football." This is a quote from Ten Hag, the new head coach of Ajax Amsterdam. He is saying that they have to play in Champions League football in order to be successful.
“I think Manchester United always has to be in the Champions League. The club has been in it for so many years, it’s something they’ve always wanted to be a part of. You don’t want to miss out on qualifying for the Champions League.”
“But it is not just about the Champions League. We have had a good season. We are in the FA Cup and the League Cup. We are in the last 16 of the Champions League and we have a good chance of progressing. We are in the top four in the Premier League and we are in the Europa League. We have a very good squad. “Our priority is to stay in the Premier League and win the Premier League. We have had a good
“I think we have to be careful with what we say. I don’t think we have to be desperate to be in the Champions League. I think it would be better for us if we can be in the Europa League. “But at the same time, if we cannot be in the Champions League, I think we have to be proud that we are in the Europa League. We are a big club and we deserve to be in the Champions League
"If we're not in the Champions League, we're not doing our job."
The second path is to finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Manchester United are well-placed to qualify for the Champions League as things stand but would drop out of the top four if they lose to Newcastle on Sunday and Tottenham beat Everton on Monday. United are currently fifth in the table but would drop to sixth if they lose to Newcastle, and seventh if Tottenham win.
"I don't think the Champions League would be a disaster," he said. "People only talk about the Champions League if it's not our objective. It would have been better to have qualified for the Champions League but we did well in the Copa [del Rey] and the League. We'll see what happens in the next round but I don't think it would be a disaster if we didn't go to the Champions League." You get the gist. It's not
“He's a very professional player, he always works hard, he gives everything for the team – and he's very willing to learn. That's why I think he's a very good example.” Ten Hag's comments come as part of a wider discussion on the importance of player culture in football and the need for clubs to invest in developing young talent. “I think it's very important that the clubs invest in their player culture and the coaching staff
This is the mentality of supporters who want to be a part of their club and be invested in the team’s successes. The atmosphere at Old Trafford is electric and home to many passionate fans. It is clear that the players, staff, and management value the support of the Old Trafford faithful.
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