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Man Utd not qualifying for European football ‘very damaging’ – Ten Hag



Erik ten Hag admits Manchester United missing out on European football next season would be “very damaging” for the club.

United have not failed to qualify for European competitions since 2014, when the club finished seventh in the Premier League and ended the season trophy-less under manager David Moyes. That season was the only occasion since 1990 in which they have missed out on continental football.

Ten Hag’s side are currently eighth in the Premier League standings with two rounds of matches remaining, behind both Newcastle United and Chelsea by three points but with a significantly inferior goal difference to each of the two teams above them in the standings.

United host Newcastle on Wednesday before concluding their Premier League campaign on Sunday with a trip to Brighton, with a sixth-place finish qualifying them for the Europa League while finishing in seventh would see them play in next season’s Europa Conference League.

“It is very damaging,” Ten Hag said of the possibility of missing out on Europe, after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Arsenal, his side’s 14th Premier League loss of the campaign.


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“That is the situation we are in but still we can get there so we have the opportunities to we have to take them and fight, even when the problems are massive, everyone knows this, especially positions and lines.

“We have to deserve it, especially the fans, they followed us on Monday (at Crystal Palace) and they understand the position we are in. Today they are behind us from the first whistle, they see the team needs backing and support so we are united, that is very good.”

United will play Manchester City in the FA Cup final on May 25 and a victory would secure a place in next season’s Europa League.



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