Manchester United have confirmed that season ticket holders will be given the chance to opt out of Europa League games, after Louis Van Gaal’s side were knocked out of the Champions League last night.
According to the Manchester Evening News, however, season ticket holders will need to purchase Europa League matches to continue to be eligible for away games.
Paul Scholes has described Manchester United has an “average side” delivering average performances and added it was not surprising to see them knocked out of the Champions League.
United crashed out of European football’s elite competitions after losing 3-2 at Wolfsburg on Tuesday night, as they failed to hold on to an early lead and conceded three largely avoidable goals.
Louis Van Gaal has explained the reasons behind his decision to replace Bastian Schweinsteiger on Tuesday night, as United chased an equaliser against Wolfsburg.
The United manager said the German had not delivered the kind of performance he’s capable of producing, leading to him being replaced by Michael Carrick halfway through the second half.
Manchester United are out of the Champions League after a rollercoaster night in Germany, saw them losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg.
United made the best possible start and were 1-0 up within 10 minutes, only to fall behind halfway through the first half. Despite a catalogue of injuries, United were briefly handed a lifeline by CSKA Moscow, who took the lead in Eindhoven, before letting PSV back in the game. United then drew level themselves but concede immediately afterward and PSV clinched the winner only seconds later to send Louis Van Gaal’s men packing.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Tuesday night.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has claimed Manchester United will not feel the pressure tonight when they face Wolfsburg in a do-or-die Champions League tie.
United traveled to Germany knowing they’ll have to beat the Bundesliga side to qualify or else they will have to rely on CSKA Moscow securing at least a point in Eindhoven against PSV. However, Schweinsteiger claimed Louis Van Gaal’s side were not under any pressure and know what’s required of them tonight.
Carlo Ancelotti has admitted “every manager” in the world would be interest in managing Manchester United, adding he is likely to return to management in the summer.
The former Chelsea manager has been without a job since he was sacked by Real Madrid at the end of last season, despite leading the Spanish giants to a 10th European Cup in the 2013-14 campaign, and has been among the managers linked with a move to United once the Louis Van Gaal era comes to an end.
Louis Van Gaal has said tonight’s game against Wolfsburg is the biggest game he’s faced since taking charge of Manchester United 18 months ago.
Unless CSKA Moscow can hold PSV Eindhoven to a draw in Holland, United know they will have to win away at Wolfsburg if they’re to secure a spot in the knockout stages of the competition. The Russian side can not qualify for the round of 16, although beating PSV would clinch a Europa League spot for them.
After 15 matches, Manchester United are currently fourth in the Premier League table and are within touching distance of current leaders Leicester City. Louis van Gaal’s side have endured plenty of criticism for their style of play this season but continue to pick up positive results and are seen as a value option for the title.
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