Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

United Have to Re-Join Euro Elite

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

United Have to Re-Join Euro Elite

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CRISTIANO Ronaldo's hat-trick in Real Madrid's win over Bayern Munich was a stark reminder of the what life's like at Europe's top table - and where United MUST be playing next season.

It's Anderlecht for the Reds at Old Trafford tonight - and if I was Jose Mourinho I would be banning any reference among his players to it being ONLY a second-tier Belgian team in ONLY the Europa League.

For the Europa League is by far the easiest route to the Champions League for United, who are 11/10 outright favourites to win it and 4/1 for a top four Premier League finish.

Tonight's finely-balanced quarterfinal is slap bang in the middle of a crucial period of the season for Mourinho, who proved what his unpredictable team are capable of in the convincing defeat of Chelsea.

An interesting bet is for United to win by three or more tonight, which is a tempting 2/1 at Betfred. …

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