Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has said that Champions League qualification is crucial for the club’s transfers and rebuild during the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils have had an impressive campaign under the guidance of Ten Hag and they are currently on the cusp of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.
If United beat Brighton & Hove Albion on the road tonight, they would only require a maximum of another two wins from their final five top-flight matches.
Hence, they are in a strong position to return to Europe’s elite club competition next term and speaking to Sky Sports, Ten Hag has spoken about its importance.
The Dutch tactician said that all big players want to play in the Champions League and the interest in joining United will increase with qualification for the competition.
He said: “All the big players want to play in the Champions League. Manchester United is a big club. In the period I’ve been here, I’ve noticed everyone wants to play for Manchester United.”
“Now it looks like we are in the Champions League, there is even more interest because they know we are in the Champions League and the Premier League at a high level. So, qualification will be important.
“In the Champions League you face the best teams across Europe, the best managers, in the best stadiums.
“For the players, they face the best players and [as a team] you are in a better league schedule, that is also important.
“It’s very important for the rebuild of this club that we are in the Champions League. The players know they want to be in the Champions League, they want to be at the top of the Premier League.”
Man Utd need another big summer spending spree
United have had a good transitional season under Ten Hag. The Dutchman has brought a genuine winning mentality within the squad since his appointment last summer.
The Red Devils have made Old Trafford a fortress over the course of the campaign but they still need to improve on their away performances to become genuine title contenders.
Next season, Ten Hag will have his sights on closing the gap to holders Manchester City but that would also require significant investment during the upcoming transfer window.
The manager was backed with a huge spending spree of over £200 million last summer and he needs more of the same in order to bring the right players into the squad.
Champions League qualification will provide United with a big financial boost but the club may also need to offload fringe players for extra funds, keeping Financial Fair Play in mind.
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