Manchester United were on a brilliant run of games prior to the COVID-19 emergency precautions being taken that caused the suspension of both domestic and European football leagues.
The Red Devils were perched in the 5th position on the Premier League table, three points shy of 4th placed Chelsea. Traditionally this position would have meant that Europa League would be in their fate yet again.
However, the UEFA ban imposed on Manchester City would mean that even this spot could become a Champions League spot, albeit a hotly contested one as Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United loom beneath.
However, ensuring Champions League football next season would mean more for United than meets the eye.
As per the Mirror, United could see their present lead in acquiring Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund be converted into a guaranteed purchase if Champions League football is part of the offer.
The English starlet would fit the club’s requirement perfectly, especially given how they seemed to lack that one world class presence upfront.
The report touts PSG to be the present biggest competition to United for Sancho’s signature and this makes plenty of sense given that the likely price tag that Dortmund will settle for will be upwards of £130 million.
While this pricetag is likely to raise eyebrows, the player’s current form does seem to justify it.
The report also adds that United’s capability of signing the 19-year-old may also hinge on any potential sale they could make, which includes the possible departure of Paul Pogba for a sizable sum in the near future.
Winning the Europa League would also provide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men with the path of Champions League qualification moving forward and they are excelling in that regard.
However, in order for either avenue to be met, the full scope of the impact of the global pandemic has to be assessed.