Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has cited that ‘anything can happen’ in the Champions League when asked about the club’s prospects in the elite competition.
The Red Devils have missed out on the Champions League in two of the last three seasons, but they will return to the group stage of the 2017/18 competition following their Europa League triumph last term.
Speaking about the club’s ambitions, Mourinho highlighted that United are one of the top three clubs in Europe, and anything can happen, should they reach the knockout stage.
“We are new to the competition. It’s absolutely true that Manchester United are one of the top three football clubs in the world, no doubt about it, but the football club is one thing and the team’s credentials going into a competition are another thing entirely,” Mourinho told UEFA.com. “If we manage that, we’ll try to finish in the top two. Then, when you are in the Champions League last-16 draw, anything can happen.”
Manchester United have brought in quality signings in the form of Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic this summer, and Mourinho is hopeful of adding a forward-minded player to his ranks before this month’s transfer deadline.
Prior to their Premier League and Champions League commitments, the Red Devils have an exciting European Super Cup clash against Real Madrid in Macedonia on Tuesday and Mourinho will seek to end the club’s recent hoodoo in the competition.
Manchester United won their first European Super Cup against Red Star Belgrade back in 1991, and they have since suffered defeats to Lazio and Zenit St.Petersburg respectively in the 1999 and 2008 editions.