Man Utd need to be in Champions League, says Solskjaer

LONDON (AFP) – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the longer Manchester United are out of the Champions League, the more they will suffer after the club announced disappointing financial figures.

United are competing in its second tier competition – the Europa League – currently in the round of 32.

The competition may give the club their best route back to the Champions League, given they are locked in a tough battle to qualify through the Premier League.

Failure to make it into Europe’s top club competition for a second successive year would make it harder for United to attract elite-level reinforcements.

United recorded revenues of GBP627.1 million last year but the club expects to earn between GBP560 million and GBP580 million in 2020.

Second-quarter figures released this week showed broadcasting revenue had fallen sharply due to United’s absence from the Champions League.

“We’re a big club, we’ve got good finances,” Solskjaer said.

“But of course the longer you’re out the more you suffer, so of course it’s an ambition for us to get back into the Champions League, both for the footballing reasons and financially that will help the club.

“We’ve just got to focus on the next game.”

The Norwegian boss said Bruno Fernandes’ arrival last month has boosted the club, who have climbed to fifth in the Premier League.

“We feel we’ve added some X-factor quality with Bruno, definitely,” Solskjaer said. “The addition of Bruno gives us that little bit of a different flavour.