Manchester United ‘remain confident they can attract their transfer targets’ this summer even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League despite Harry Kane and Declan Rice wanting to play in Europe’s top competition
- Manchester United face battle to finish in Premier League top four
- Qualification for the Champions League would make the club more attractive
- But United are said to be confident they can attract their transfer targets
- Whoever enters as the new manager will be supported in the summer market
Manchester United “remain confident they can attract their main targets” this summer even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Ralf Rangnick’s side have won their last two games, against Brighton and Leeds, to build a four-point cushion between them in fourth and West Ham in fifth.
But Arsenal, Wolves and further Tottenham all have games in hand and could overhaul United if they put up a consistent run.
Manchester United, currently coached by Ralf Rangnick, are confident they can meet their summer transfer targets even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
United are set to face Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano in the Champions League on Wednesday night and will remain in Europe’s top competition
The search for United’s new manager is ongoing, with Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag among the candidates, and they have already decided to back their new boss with funds.
And ESPN report that the club are confident they can get the players they want even if they only make the Europa League.
This is despite potential targets such as Tottenham striker Harry Kane and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice making it clear they want to play in the Champions League.
ESPN quote United sources pointing out that they signed Paul Pogba for a club-record £89million in 2016 despite the prospect of spending the new season in the Europa League, which they went on to win.
Potential summer targets such as Tottenham striker Harry Kane will demand Champions League football if they move
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is another who will want to play in the Champions League
Whoever comes in as United’s new manager will have his own ideas about summer transfer targets and will exercise a veto over any signing.
But they will be backed by cash to spend as United try to reestablish themselves at the top of the table alongside Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
United ideally want their new manager in place before the start of pre-season to allow maximum preparation time for the 2022-23 season, which will be interrupted by the Qatar World Cup.
United were able to sign Paul Pogba in 2016 despite only playing Europa League football
The new manager will also have to make several quick decisions on whether to try and keep players whose contracts expire this summer or next.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, Fred and David de Gea all see their contracts expire in 2023.
United will resume their Champions League campaign on Wednesday night when they take on Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their round of 16.