Mourinho: Man Utd don’t need Champions League to attract world’s best

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Jose Mourinho has denied that Manchester United need to be
in the Champions League to attract world-class players to
the club.


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United have failed to qualify for the elite European club
competition in two of the last three seasons and are six points
adrift of fourth place in the Premier League.

Reports have suggested Antoine Griezmann would reject interest
from United this summer should they again miss out on playing
in Europe’s premier club competition.

But Mourinho – speaking before his side reached the Europa
League quarter-finals on Thursday – said the
acquisitions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh
Mkhitaryan prove that Old Trafford maintains a strong pull for
players.

“Manchester United is very powerful, it doesn’t need to be in
the Champions League to attract the best players,” Mourinho
told BBC Sport ahead of the 1-0 victory over Rostov at
Old Trafford. 

“Zlatan could still be in Paris. Mkhitaryan could be at
Borussia Dortmund. Pogba could be at Juventus. We were able to
attract the players because they know that Manchester United
sooner or later will get there.

“If any player decides not to come because of that, then I am
happy that they are not coming.”

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