Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Manchester United to “suffer” even more if they miss the Champions League again after figures reveal that sales have fallen by £ 70 million due to the absence of Europe’s top table this season
- Turnover at Manchester United is expected to fall by around £ 70 million year
- Their absence in the Champions League has had serious consequences for their finances
- Solskjaer hopes to win a place with the European elite next season
- He can qualify by winning the Europa League or Premier League qualification
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that Manchester United will continue to ‘suffer’ while staying outside the Champions League.
United published their latest financial figures on Tuesday, the turnover of which was expected to fall by £ 70 million this year from £ 627 million.
This is largely due to their absence in the Champions League and has opened the door for Liverpool and Manchester City to catch up with them.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that Manchester United will “suffer” outside the Champions League
Solskjaer hopes to regain a place among the European elite, either through the Premier League or Europa League, while United is preparing for Club Brugge on Thursday-evening in the second leg of their final 32-draw in Old Trafford.
The United boss underlined the importance of beating the Belgians to improve their chances of returning from the Champions League, but insisted that he couldn’t rely on just one competition.
He said: “We are a big club and we have good finances, but the longer you are outside, the more you suffer, so it is an ambition to return to the Champions League. For football reasons and financially it will help the club. We have to concentrate on this competition, then on Sunday’s competition and then on FA Cup.
“I think we should play one game at a time. Both (Europa League and Premier League) are possible. You never know in a cup match. It can be a bad day.
Emmanuel Dennis, the scorer of the Bruges goal in the first leg, is excluded from the return
‘You cannot trust that you will win this. There are some good teams in it and we have to get past Bruges. We are looking forward to the game. “
United’s hope has been lifted with the news that Emmanuel Dennis – the man of the match who scored the Bruges goal in a 1-1 draw in the first leg – is out with an ankle injury.
Bruges captain Ruud Vormer has also been eliminated with a knee injury and Eder Balanta has been suspended. Solskjaer, however, expects Senegal winger Krepin Diatta to return from an injury.
“We have to play against 11 players, so that can change,” added Solskjaer, who turned 47 on Wednesday. ‘If Vormer and Dennis get hurt, it will do something to them.
“I know that Krepin Diatta is back and he is the most exciting player. He is fit I understand. “