Paul Scholes sends top-four warning to Man United

Paul Scholes says Manchester United should try and win the Europa League to guarantee a Champions League spot

Paul Scholes has talked up the importance of challenging for the Europa League this season for Manchester United – because a top-four finish is far from certain.

The Red Devils are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table as they bid to haul themselves back into the race for Champions League qualification.

Jose Mourinho has been tasked with steering Manchester United back into the top four but the Red Devils have struggled to produce consistent form in the Premier League this season.

Nevertheless, Manchester United are currently in better form and are unbeaten in 16 Premier League games.

Manchester United took a step towards reaching the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday night thanks to a 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford.

And Scholes has talked up the importance of Manchester United trying to win the tournament, given that it offers a direct route into next season’s Champions League.

Speaking on BT Sport on Thursday night, Scholes said: “It [the Europa League] does matter because the top four is not a given.

“I think they will finish in the top four, but this is another chance to get into the Champions League.”

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