Gary Neville: In order to have a better Premier League finish, The team must leave the Champions League.
Manchester United Great Gary Neville advise the premier League leaders to go out of the champions League but Ole Gunner Solskjaer disagress with him. According to him, champions League elimination would improve a team’s prospects of a higher Premier League finish.
The 44-year old Star sports Pundit has repeatedly suggested Liverpool should accept elimination from Europe in order to concentrate on clinching a first league title since 1990. Liverpool steamrollered Bayern Munich 3-1 in midweek to progress through to the Champions League quarter-finals and received a favourable draw against Porto, with a potential semi-final to come against United or Barcelona. Liverpool on the other hand slides down to the second position after lagging behind the Premier League leaders Manchester city with just one point.
On the other hand United are competing on three fronts, with an FA Cup quarter-final tie at Wolves on Saturday night before their league campaign resumes with the visit of Watford after the March internationals. United are fifth and three points off third-placed Tottenham in the league as they attempt to secure a top four finish to ensure Champions League qualification for next term.
Solskjaer believes the more matches United have to win, the more momentum and confidence they can develop and channel into their domestic displays.
“Momentum, the more games you win, the more confidence you breed, the more hunger there is in the players, Every single game that you win puts another layer on that, on the way to becoming the team that we want to be. So I don’t agree with Gary Neville when he says that teams should go out of this and then to focus on that.
I think we’ve shown against PSG that on any given day we can beat a top team. Then again, there are so many variables and these games will be decided by margins. And of course that VAR [at PSG], even though for me it’s a penalty, you can still be unlucky and not get it in the last minute and then we’d be out and no one would really remember the PSG performance.
So yes, we can go all the way but you’ve got to be lucky and good along the way. The confidence in the players, it’s sky high. And the mood is good, the training attitude is good, so hopefully we can keep that run going.”
Liverpool are lagging with just one point from Manchester city and they have this confidence and maturity to make it up for the Premier League title. They’ve been consistently giving good matches and good competition to other rivals as they have the potential to make it up to finals. We have got the great teams in the top four standings and it can change anytime.