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Five reasons the Europa League can provide salvation for Manchester United

Jose Mourinho and the Europa League have a rocky relationship. Despite being the competition that brought Mourinho’s Porto team to the forefront of European football, the Portuguese boss has been critical of it in the recent past. He clearly believes Manchester United belong in the Champions League and the upcoming fixtures against Saint Etienne must seem no more than an unnecessary slog. Back in September, he said

“It [the Europa League] is not a competition that Man United wants. It is not one I want or the players but it is a competition where we are and that is the reality.”

From the depths of earlier in the season, there is a general feeling of positivity around Manchester United at the moment. That has been a rarity in recent years, especially considering the fan furore that hung over the tenures of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

With 14 Premier League matches left in the season and several cup outings remaining, the Europa League returns in a matter of days. It won’t generate the excitement of a Champions League tie, but it should still be a competition to focus on. Here are FIVE reasons why…

Article title: Five reasons the Europa League can provide salvation for Manchester United

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