Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that Manchester United are in desperate need of Champions League football.
If they don’t make it will be the first time since the Premier League started that they have failed to play in Europe’s elite competition two years in a row.
They are already missing out on lucrative paydays from the competition itself. But now they are also facing the prospect of a hefty cut in sponsorship.
The likes of Adidas and Chevrolet have monetary reduction clauses in their payment to the club should they miss out again.
According to Goal, Solskjaer admits his side needs Champions League football for multiple reasons.
“We’re a big club and we’ve got good finances but the longer you’re out the more you suffer.”
“So it’s an ambition to get back into the Champions League.”
“For footballing reasons and financially it will help the club.”
The Norwegian is not focusing on one avenue to qualify, he wants to exhaust every option.
“We’ve got to focus on this competition, then the league on Sunday and then FA Cup.”
“I think we need to take one game at a time.”
“Both [routes into the Champions League through the Europa League and Premier League] are possible.”
“In a cup competition, you never know. It might be a bad day.”
“You can’t rely on winning this.”