Paul Scholes: Manchester United should win the Europa League

by Leo Nieboer

Paul Scholes believes that Manchester United should win the Europa League this season, noting that there are no teams remaining in the competition that pose a genuine threat to Jose Mourinho’s men.

Man United will take on Anderlecht next month for a place in the semi-final after claiming comfortable knockout wins over Saint Etienne and FC Rostov.

Mourinho’s side will enter the last eight alongside Lyon, Besiktas, Celta Vigo, Ajax, Genk and Schalke 04.

And Scholes, speaking earlier this week, made it clear that his former side were favourites to claim the trophy in May.

Take a good look at the aforementioned teams and ask yourself: who could beat United over two legs?

A second leg away from at either Lyon or Besiktas could be somewhat sticky; Celta can be electric when they hit their stride. Aside from that, though, United should – at least on paper – hardly break a sweat.

The fact that Liverpool, during a season that saw them finish eighth, managed to claim a place in the Europa League final suggests that, while the standard set in the Champions League notably outstrips the ability of any current Premier League side, English teams can still pose a serious threat at this level.

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