Manchester United fans want the club to avoid Europe if they miss the Champions League

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Manchester United is not having a good season. The campaign already looked lost when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November and that proved to be the case as Ralf Rangnick saw his men knocked out of every cup competition while struggling to finish in the top four.

With the very real possibility of missing out on the Champions League next season, there is a chance United will play Thursday nights in the Europa League or the Europa Conference League. This has led many fans to wonder if the club would be better off missing out on European football altogether.

Part of the reasoning behind this is down to how Arsenal have managed without the distraction of European competition this season as they look to restart their own project. And also, with the possible appointment of a manager like Erik ten Hag who has complicated and precise tactics he needs to implement, the extra time to work there during the week could help.

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I conducted a social media poll and, based on responses from 200 fans, over 68% of them wanted United to miss out on European football altogether next season. You can see the full poll results below.

United have only won the Europa League once in their last three appearances in the competition, but have reached at least the semi-finals on all three occasions. They never took part in the Europa Conference League because it is a new competition, but they will remember that Tottenham Hotspur could not complete their matches, lost and ended up going out early, which his fan base cared very little.

It seems to be the Champions League or the bust for many fans. United fans on Twitter made their views known after the club’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Leicester, followed by rivals Tottenham beating Newcastle United 5-1 the next day.

United won’t completely give up and lose on purpose, but if they missed out on European football due to the squad’s problems, the fanbase wouldn’t be completely discouraged. Without that pressure to succeed, it could give Rangnick the freedom to face some of the team’s exciting young players like Charlie McNeill and Alvaro Fernandez in the final eight games.

All in all, the hope is that whatever happens this season, next season under a new manager – be it Ten Hag or someone else – United can improve and start their project of the good manner. Hopefully a lack of European football won’t impact their activities in the transfer market.

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