Wayne Rooney has reiterated the importance of Manchester United finishing in the Premier League’s top four this year and therefore qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Man United’s captain believes this year’s fourth placed finished can catapult United towards winning trophies next season after two consecutive years without silverware.
Louis van Gaal‘s men achieved the minimum expected of them in 2014/2015 but fans are still demanding more.
“Top four was a must, really,” Rooney explained.
“We had to get ourselves back into the Champions League and we’ve managed to do that. Hopefully that will provide a springboard for us to go and fight for silverware next year.”
With United back in the Champions League, the club will benefit hugely. Last year, Ed Woodward claimed that United’s absence from the competition would cost the club approximately £35 million.
In addition, qualifying for the Champions League could vastly aid United’s bids to sign several players ahead of what is likely to be a busy summer for Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward.
With top players looking to play in the world’s toughest club competition, United’s return to the highest stage of European football could be the difference when looking to sign certain individuals.
However, the fourth place finish also means United will have to compete in a playoff to reach the first round proper.
It is another reason that Woodward and Van Gaal will look to get their summer business done early, in order to ensure the new signings are available for the playoff in August.