Johnny Giles: Why Man United’s Champions League exit will boost title chances
Johnny Giles says Manchester United's Champions League exit can be viewed as a positive for Premier League chances
Manchester United’s Champions League exit will boost their Premier League title prospects, according to former Red Devils midfielder Johnny Giles.
The 20-time English champions crashed out of Europe’s top tier competition on Tuesday night following a 3-2 loss to Wolfsburg in Germany.
The Red Devils will drop down to the Europa League after Christmas following their Champions League humiliation.
Louis van Gaal’s side are in fourth place but a mere three points behind surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City.
Former United midfielder Giles explained why the 13-time Premier League winners can view their Champions League exit as a positive.
“Definitely. There is less matches and there is a less chance of injuries,” Giles told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
“It gives them a clear run at the Premier League. So it could be a benefit.
“Although I’m sure they wouldn’t want to see it that way and they’d prefer to be in it.
“It is possible to be done.”
The Red Devils are unbeaten in the Premier League since a 3-0 loss to title rivals Arsenal at The Emirates in October.
Van Gaal’s side make the trip to newly-promoted Bournemouth at Dean’s Court in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
United have scored one goal in their last two Premier League games.