Danny Higginbotham believes that Manchester United’s early Champions League exit will affect their buying power in the January transfer window.
Louis van Gaal‘s side were knocked out of Europe’s elite competition by Wolfsburg on Tuesday following a 3-2 defeat.
Man United have been heavily criticised this season following some meek attacking displays and the Champions League exit has intensified the pressure on van Gaal. Higginbotham claimed that potential recruits may be put off now that United are involved in the Europa League.
“It’s very damaging. I think it’s going to have a huge domino effect,” he said.
“If you look at the Premier League, everyone talks about how it affects it when you play on the Thursday and the Sunday but for me, you look at the January transfer window.
“It’s going to be a very important time for a lot of clubs and if United were looking to sign players, I think it was going to be a lot easier if they were in the Champions League than the Europa League.
“Now other teams are going to come into contention as well so I think there’s a real knock-on effect from what should have been quite a straightforward group to get out of.”
Since the defeat against Wolfsburg, United have made it clear that they were prioritising the Premier League at the start of the campaign. However, van Gaal’s side will find it difficult now that they have to travel potentially huge distances in the Europa League. It will be interesting to see how United approach the January window.