Man United could end up like Liverpool, warns David May

David May issues a stark warning about Manchester United's future

David May has warned that Manchester United must make sure that they qualify for next season’s Champions League – or risk falling down English football’s pecking order like Liverpool.

The Red Devils are currently sixth in the Premier League table after a string of inconsistent results in recent weeks.

Louis van Gaal’s men have only won three of their last 10 top-flight games and twice squandered the lead as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Tuesday night.

United take on their bitter rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday afternoon – and former Red Devils defender May feels that his old club should learn lessons from the Merseyside outfit’s absence from the Champions League in recent years.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with 888Sport, May said: “Top players always want to play in the Champions League and if United do miss out will Gareth Bale come to United? Will Lewandowski or Muller? It’s a huge burden if United don’t get in the Champions League.”

“I think about this a lot – we have to learn what happened to Liverpool and make sure that doesn’t happen.

“I know with the money involved these days you can pay way over the top to make sure you get these players but would they come without the Champions League?”

United finished fourth in the Van Gaal’s first season in charge at Old Trafford but were dumped out of the Champions League at the group stage in December.

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Read the full interview with David May at 888sport.com.

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