Barcelona boss makes prediction about Man United next season

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde believes that Manchester United will be one of the main contenders for the Champions League next season

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Manchester United will be contenders to win the Champions League next season, according to Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde.

The Red Devils are gearing up for a return to Europe’s elite club competition in Jose Mourinho’s second campaign in charge after the Portuguese coach led them to Europa League glory last term.

Manchester United came up short in the Premier League under Mourinho last term as they ended up sixth in the table, but still managed to book their place in the Champions League thanks to their 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final back in May.

The Red Devils will be aiming to challenge for silverware on four fronts next season as Mourinho looks to bring success to Old Trafford in his second campaign.

And Barcelona boss Valverde believes that Manchester United are likely to be a force to be reckoned with next season in the Champions League.

Speaking at his news conference after Barcelona’s 1-0 International Champions Cup win over the Red Devils on Wednesday night, Valverde said: “This year they are going to be in the Champions League.

“Their presence by itself is impressive. They impress. I think they are going to be a really hard team to beat.

“For me, they are contenders to win and they are going to be hard to beat in the Premier League and the Champions League.

“I wouldn’t want to face them in the Champions League.”

Manchester United also won the EFL Cup and Community Shield under Mourinho last term.

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