On Wednesday night, Manchester United benefited from two results in their quest for Champions League qualification for next season.
First and foremost, United will return to Old Trafford on an even footing with Atletico Madrid due to a late Anthony Elanga strike. Unfortunately, the away goals rule is no longer in use in the competition, therefore the squad will rely on their home-field advantage to get them through.
Second, Tottenham Hotspur, one of United’s top-four contenders, suffered a setback to Burnley.
This is a fantastic result, as many United fans were concerned that after Spurs defeated Manchester City 3-2 at the weekend, they would continue to be a threat later in the season. However, they have lost four of their last five games, and it appears unlikely that Antonio Conte will be able to change the team’s mentality.
After the game, the Italian manager was justifiably enraged, telling the media: “This is the reality. In the last five games, we’ve lost four of them. No one, including the club, myself, the payers, and the fans, deserves to be in this predicament, but that is the reality.
“I came here to attempt to better the situation in Tottenham, but I’m not sure if I’m up to the task right now. It’s frustrating for me because I know we’re working hard, putting in a lot of effort, and trying to get the best out of each and every player. This is the reality.
“I’m too honest to close my eyes and say, “OK, we’ll play another game on Saturday.” It’s the proper time to look about, assess the situation, and make a decision. Also, I’ll say it again: I’m quite frustrated, and I’m not used to being in this scenario.”
The general interview created the impression that Conte was dissatisfied with the board of directors and believed their inaction was to blame for Spurs’ troubles, as well as implying that he was seriously considering his future at the club.
This upheaval can only be good for United, who may have salvaged a Champions League result this time, but it appears exceedingly improbable that they will win the competition under Ralf Rangnick.
Manchester United are eager to spend in the summer regardless of whether they qualify for the Champions League or not, according to ESPN, but they are sure that even if they do not qualify for Europe’s premier competition, they will be able to attract great talent.
However, not having to take the risk is advantageous, and if United wants to ensure that they can sign their top targets in the face of stiff competition, Rangnick’s Champions League status is an amazing string to your bow in negotiations.