Opinion: Manchester United could benefit from the FA Cup exit

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United - FA Cup Quarter Final
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A dejected looking Paul Pogba of Manchester United leaves the pitch after the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on March 16, 2019 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

United have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves on Saturday, but we believe that the Red Devils could actually benefit from the defeat.

Manchester United have had a roller coaster season so far. They were really bad in the first four months under Jose Mourinho, winning only seven of their 17 Premier League games.

They were knocked out in the third round of the League Cup by Derby County but managed to qualify for the Champions League knockout phase, after finishing second in their group behind Juventus.

That was not enough for the Red Devils and following the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in December, Jose Mourinho was sacked.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as interim manager of Man United, in a point of the season when they were 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

The Norwegian enjoyed a flying return at Old Trafford, winning his first eight games in charge.

He suffered his first defeat against PSG in the Champions League, but Marcus Rashford’s last-gasp penalty-kick in the second leg secured progress to the quarter-finals for the Red Devils.

Manchester United won 10 out of 13 games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Premier League. They are now fifth and alive in the race for a top-four finish, only three points behind third-placed Tottenham.

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However, United’s form dropped a bit, as an injury crisis hit the club in the past month. It all started with Lingard’s and Martial’s hamstring injuries in the first leg against PSG, followed Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata, while the list was completed with Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.

The Red Devils have lost their first Premier League game under Ole at the Emirates on March 10 and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolverhampton Wanderers a week later.

But let’s face it – it is more than obvious that the Manchester United players are exhausted and desperately need a rest at the moment.

They’ve got a tough fight for a top-four finish ahead of them, as there are only four points between the third and sixth place in the Premier League.

It is going to be only two of Tottenham, Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea who will get a Champions League football next season and in our opinion securing their place in the European elite is more important for the Red Devils then winning the FA Cup at the end of the season.

United also face Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in April.

They’ll need to be 100% fit and ready for their tie against the Catalans and this is another reason why we think that Solskjaer’s side could benefit from the FA Cup exit.

Trophies are important and we agree with that, but for Manchester United, it is more important to be a part of the Champions League next season.