Manchester United have insisted that the Premier League is more important that the Champions League following their early exit from Europe’s elite competition this week, according to the Independent’s Ian Herbert.
Louis van Gaal has come under increasing pressure following the 3-2 defeat against Wolfsburg on Tuesday, which meant they failed to advance from the group stages.
However, Man United have long held the belief that domestic affairs are more of a priority for the veteran Dutchman.
Van Gaal will be expected to mount a title challenge in the spring and the club believe that going close to winning the league will be a major achievement.
United hope to strengthen their ranks in the January transfer window, with Southampton’s Sadio Mane on their radar, but they understand that it may be difficult to lure players to Old Trafford mid-season.
It is a peculiar stance for United to take as the team has a rich history of famous nights in Europe.
Perhaps the club are trying to relieve some of the pressure on van Gaal while, at the same time, showing him that they expect to challenge in the league. The veteran Dutch manager certainly needs to sort things out and quickly if he is to get the fans back on side.