Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that Manchester United are favourites to win this season’s Europa League, labelling Jose Mourinho’s side as a “truly good team”.
Man United will be favourites to book a place in the Europa League semi-final following a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in Belgium last week.
Winning the Europa League would ensure that United immediately secure a place in the group stages of next year’s Champions League.
And Klopp, when asked about how the Europa League would effect the closing stages of United’s Premier League campaign, noted that they are the team to beat heading into the second leg stage of the quarter finals.
“Manchester United have a tremendously well-assembled squad,” he said. “They are very likely to reach the Europa League final, so we’ll then see how many key players they still have available.
“You can tell from that just how much quality they possess from the outset. United have a mix of experience, pace and quality. They are truly a good team.
“And to my mind they are favourites to win the Europa League.”
Any quarter-finalist, heading into the second leg, can still realistically book a place in the semi-final. But I would say that, at this point, the favourites for the last four are: United, Ajax (2-0 up from the first leg), Celta Vigo (3-2 up) and Lyon (2-1 up).
That is a tantalising – and indeed conquerable – last four, but Mourinho would have made it clear to his players that they still have a massive job to do against Anderlecht and will need to be far more clinical in front of goal at Old Trafford.