Paul Scholes has told BT Sport’s coverage of Manchester United’s 4-0 aggregate win over Real Sociedad that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stand a much better chance of winning the Europa League than Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
United have progressed into the last 16, largely thanks to their excellent 4-0 win over Sociedad in Spain last week. At Old Trafford, with the tie already pretty-much secured, United kept a clean sheet and drew 0-0.
They have been joined by Tottenham Hotspur – who annihilated Austrian side Wolfsberger by eight goals to one on aggregate – and Arsenal, who needed a late header from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win 3-2 on the night at The Emirates.
Asked about the chances of an English side winning the competition, Scholes stated that Manchester United have a much better chance of winning compared to Spurs and Arsenal – because United are a “much better” side than the North London duo.
“Look, Man United have the best squad and the best team left in the competition,” Scholes told BT Sport, when considering the remaining 16 clubs left in the competition. “This is a great chance for United to go on and win something.
“Yeah they [Arsenal and Spurs] will be thinking they’re in with a good chance, of course they will. But Manchester United are much better than Arsenal and Tottenham. Of course I would [fancy United against anyone left].”
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Tottenham – under the guidance of former Europa League winner Jose Mourinho – and Arsenal, who have beaten Manchester United this season, will certainly disagree. Fans of AC Milan and Roma might also have something to say.
But realistically, the English trio are the three biggest sides left in the competition and if an English team fails to win the competition – then it is a massive failure by each one of the three involved. The draw, at midday, could prove crucial.