Manchester United Has Tough Road Ahead Without European Football

By Josh Sippie
Clive Brunskill - Getty Images
Clive Brunskill – Getty Images

Club Manchester United has always been one of the most consistently dominant squads in the Premier League, but that may soon change given their seventh place finish in the league table this year. That means they fall into the dubious position of not competing in either the UEFA Champions League or Europa League. For soccer players all over the world, that’s kind of a big deal.

United had a down year, mainly defensively, but also overall, they just couldn’t pull it together and they need desperately to make some major acquisitions in the summer. That may prove to be quite difficult without the allure of European football. Money isn’t everything for these world-class players.

Edinson Cavani is the latest to snub the Red Devils. Despite being disgruntled at PSG, he has decided that he’d rather stay there then go to a team like United. Marquinhos, also a PSG product, similarly snubbed a move to Old Trafford.

Unfortunately for United, they are going to have to severely overpay in order to notch a world-class player. Rumors have them in the process of acquiring Luke Shaw from Southampton, but that signing alone won’t launch United back into contention for European League football, which is sorely needed.

As the defending champs of just last year, United does have the kind of money to throw just about any sum at any player, but that’s not always enough. Take for example, Cesc Fabregas, who made it quite clear that no matter what United offered him, he’d much rather return to Arsenal, who will be competing in the UEFA league again in the 2014-15 season, just like every other year.

United could be looking at a few down years given the undesirable finish they notched last year. They are at risk of losing Robin van Persie as well, so it’s time for all hands on deck to rescue Manchester United’s future.

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