Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw believes that Europa League is massive for the club to gain entry into the Champions League next season. The Englishman also believes that the Red Devils have what it takes to become unstoppable in Europe.
Manchester United are currently four points behind fourth placed Manchester City in the Premier League with a game in hand. The Red Devils need to leapfrog their city rivals in order to gain entry into Europe’s biggest club competition.
However, Jose Mourinho’s men also have another fail-safe opportunity in the form of Europa League to meet their ambitions. Winning the second-tier European club competition allows the team to return to Champions League next term.
“Every single game is massive now, but I think the one on Thursday is huge. We have to treat every game in that competition now like it’s a final. We want to win that tournament and fight for whatever we have got left,” Shaw said, as reported by Manchester Evening News.
“But the Europa League is a massive thing for us now, it’s a trophy and it gives us qualification for the Champions League. We have to look at that as the priority now. We’ve got to fight for that. With the players we have got, we can be unstoppable.”
United confident ahead of Europa League fixture
Manchester United continue their Europa League campaign against Anderlecht on Thursday. The Red Devils will travel to Belgium for the first-leg of the tie. The 21-year-old Shaw believes that the team is approaching the game with confidence following their convincing 3-0 win over Sunderland at the weekend.
“It was a really good win and a really important one. We needed to win to fight for that top-four spot and this game should kick us to go on a winning run between now and the end of the season,” Shaw added, according to Sky Sports.
Shaw was overlooked by Mourinho when United travelled to St Etienne and Rostov in the Europa League earlier. However, things have changed recently at Manchester and the Englishman believes he has a chance of getting involved in Belgium.
Shaw wants to fight over his United future
Shaw’s United future looked to be under threat when he was publicly criticized by Mourinho. However, after a meeting over the matter the Portuguese gaffer allowed the player make a substitute appearance against Everton and start against Sunderland.
Mourinho appreciated Shaw’s performance against the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light. This is the let the left-back have positive feeling ahead of United’s future fixtures.
“I’ve got a massive smile on my face. I felt really good, felt really fit and now on from here I just want to work hard in training and keep playing games. I feel really good, I feel really confident,” Shaw stressed.
Manchester United plays Anderlecht in Brussels in the first leg of the quarter-finals on Thursday night.
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