Can Manchester United really win the Europa League ?

Jayraj Bhatt
|Published 25/04/2017

As soon as Manchester United announced last summer that Jose Mourinho will take the club supremacies in his hands, their hunger for the trophies was clearly visible. Can Manchester United really win the Europa League ?

The Portuguese was appointed at Old Trafford as winning the Premier League title was their primary objective. To back their new manager, Manchester United purchased four world class to help Jose Mourinho to win the Premier League title.

But the Portuguese has not been able to justify himself and his failed to fulfil the club’s expectations this year as Manchester United have long been out of the title race. They currently sit on the fifth position in the points table.

Winning the Premier league seems to be impossible for the Red Devils both mathematically and realistically. Their Premier league prospect have seemingly faded, but somehow the odds are working in Mourinho’s favour as he has the chance to win Europa League with Manchester United this season.


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This campaign for the Red Devil’s fans has been full of mixed emotions as they have failed to convert the draws into wins. They have also failed to turn up in the big games against some giants in the Premier League as a result of which their chances of finishing in the top four have diminished.

Jose Mourinho is aware that Manchester United are in need of trophies very badly and so he has prioritised Europa league over the Premier league.

The former Chelsea coach has already secured two pieces of silverware in his very first season at Old Trafford by winning the Community Shield and the EFL cup as well. And has a very great opportunity to complete a hat-trick of silverware if he guides United to Europa league glory this season.

The Europa League has been quite a different story for the Red Devils as they have been successful in defeating their opponents Saint-Etienne, FC Rostov and Anderlecht to reach the semi-final stages of the tournament.

United has a great chance of winning the Europa League this season as the Europa League lacks quality contenders in the final stages of the tournament this season as compared to the previous seasons. Manchester United is obviously the biggest club left in the competition and they are favourites to win the Europa league for the first time in their history.

United currently have the perfect manager who could win them the Europa League. Jose Mourinho has a love for cup competitions and also has a knack of winning the European competitions. No one can deny the fact that he has one of the best success rate when it comes to winning the European competitions whether it be Champions League or Europa League. No one needs to teach the Portuguese manager the value of trophies- and indeed he is the manager who knows the highly tactical and disciplined nature of the European contests in and out. It is United’s best shot to win the Europa league title for the first time in the history of the club.

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United surely have an advantage over the three other teams Ajax, Lyon and Celta Vigo when it comes to experience and depth of squad. United have both the things i.e., Depth of squad and experience. They have a squad full of winners- Ibrahimovic, Mata, Rooney, Mkhitaryan, Carrick, Martial and their young superstar Rashford. They are the players who know how to win, how to keep calm in important situations and how to control their emotions on the biggest of occasions. They have plenty of match winners throughout their squad and this is the squad which can help them lift the Europa League title in Stockholm’s Friends Arena on 24th may 2017.

United have some tough fixtures as they have to play against Manchester City, Arsenal, and Tottenham away from their home out of their remaining six fixtures. There is no guarantee that they can finish in the top four for the champions league spot. But they have a great opportunity of winning the Europa league which will result into their automatic qualification to feature in the Champions League football next season.

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