Can Manchester United qualify for next year’s UEFA Champions League? – The Sports Mirror – Sports News, Transfers, Scores
As the English Premier League nears its return, we take a closer look at the intriguing race for the top four and ask if one of India’s favorite European clubs, Manchester United, can return to the edition of the next season of the UEFA Champions League.
Liverpool are set to win the country mile league but there are still plenty of other issues to be addressed including the race for the Champions League places and the battle to avoid relegation. Now is the perfect time to bet in India because most betting sites in India offer a wide range of options in their EPL markets.
Indian fans are particularly interested in the quest for the top four, as it involves some of the most followed clubs in the country. European clubs are very popular in India, but no club has a bigger fan base than Manchester United.
The club even enjoys celebrities in our country, with former cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni being an avowed Manchester United fan. There are millions of other Red Devils supporters all over India.
Sadly, United fans have been starved of silver lately. Since the departure of legendary Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, the club have not won the league, and have managed only one FA Cup, one League Cup and one Europa League trophy in the past seven years. . (We are not counting the Community Shield!).
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring United back to the top?
United have also experienced a long period of managerial instability, with five different coaches taking the canoe since the end of Fergie’s 26-year reign. David Moyes, Ryan Giggs, Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho held the hot seat at Old Trafford, but none of them lasted more than three years in the post.
The man currently tasked with bringing United back to their glory days is club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Nicknamed the ‘Baby Face Assassin’, Solskjaer is best known for scoring the winning goal in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, when he returned home to complete an incredible comeback in time out. against Bayern Munich.
Solskjaer was made an interim appointment as Mourinho’s replacement in December 2018, but after a strong run of results, including a brilliant Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, he received the job permanently in March of last year.
A lot of United fans have questioned the date, given the manager’s inexperience, but after a bumpy patch the Norwegian is starting to win over more people.
United prepare a header before the break
Before the break of the season, United had won eight of the last eleven matches (and drew the other three) and climbed to fifth in the league. They are only three points behind Chelsea, fourth.
The Red Devils are also still very much alive in two cup competitions. They are in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they are due to play at Norwich City, and have a huge lead in the first leg in their Europa League round of 16 with Austria’s LASK Linz.
One area where Solskjaer has really excelled is in his transfer transactions. Big-money signings Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have stabilized the defense, while Bruno Fernandes has had a big impact since his January transfer from Sporting Lisbon. With Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford back in great shape ahead of the restart, United fans have much to be optimistic about.
The race for Champions League places is very close, with just eight points separating fourth-placed Chelsea and ninth-Arsenal, but Manchester United have as much of a chance as anyone to make the top-four.
Solskjaer’s men have an amiable fixture list, with six of their nine remaining against teams in the bottom half of the table. Their toughest matches are trips to Leicester and Tottenham Hotspur, and a home game against Sheffield United. The Red Devils have endured a few difficult years, but there are many reasons to renew hope. Search! Ole’s men might be on to something here!