Manchester United released their Q2 finances yesterday which saw a staggering 37 per cent (£39million) drop in broadcasting revenue which is a direct impact of not securing Champions League football. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted it is a gloomy prospect that the same could happen again.
Ed Woodward is expected to hand Solskjaer a transfer warchest this summer as the Norwegian searches for the final pieces of his squad overhaul.
However, that could be at risk if the Red Devils fail to qualify for Europe’s premier competition next term.
Solskjaer was quizzed on the latest account in his pre-Europa League press conference and he admitted the pressure was on.
“We are a big club and we have got good finances,” Solskjaer said. “But the longer you are out of it the more you will suffer.
“It is an ambition to get back [into the Champions League] for football reasons and for financial reasons.
“We have just got to focus on next game.”
United are three points outside of the top four in the Premier League table.
Their best of qualifying for the Champions League could be by winning the Europa League, where they take on Club Brugge in the last-16 tonight.
But Solskjaer refused to get drawn into discussing the best route to success.
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“I think we need to take one game at a time,” he added. “In cup competition, you never know. A bad day etc.
“We take on game at a time and take as many as we can in the league.”
Meanwhile, left-back Luke Shaw reiterated his manager’s comments by insisting the squad want to push forward in every tournament.
“We’re still in two cup competitions [Europa League and FA Cup] and the league is a very high priority,” he said.
“So we got to prioritise all of them and we feel we’ve got a very good chance in both cups. Whatever we’ve got left, we want to win all of them.
“It is a massive ambition for me. I was there for the Europa League final, and the feeling, even though I wasn’t on the pitch was a feeling I have not felt and I wanted more of.
“I wasn’t involved and that is what is pushing me on even more to get into this final, and others.
“We should be in finals and we should be in all competitions until the end. We are very confident at the moment.”
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