Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho believes that teams who fail to get out of their Champions League groups should not be forced to then compete in the Europa League. The Portuguese manager has reacted to his old club’s crushing exit from this season’s Champions League after RB Leipzig sent Manchester United packing earlier this week. However, in light of United’s recent inclusion in Europe’s second tier competition, Mourinho has admitted the competition’s stature will benefit.
United won the Europa League under the guidance of then manager Mourinho all the way back in 2017 and have failed to lift a single piece of silverware since.
Despite what started off as a superb Champions League campaign after beating PSG (2-1) and RB Leipzig (5-0), United went on to win just one of their remaining four group matches and ultimately failed to progress.
Speaking ahead of his side’s Europa League match on Thursday, Mourinho has admitted that the Europa League will be a better competition for United dropping down into it, but also claimed the structure is unfair.
It has been reported that despite United falling into Europe’s second-rate competition, the club’s decision makers are still firmly behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as per The Guardian.
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