Jose Mourinho is the key for Manchester United when it comes to their Champions League hopes.
That’s according to Dennis Irwin, who thinks that the United boss is as vital as any of the players when it comes to the competition, and his knowledge and tactical awareness can steer United to victory – as it did in the Europa League last season.
He thinks that the club are in a good position, and despite being miles off Manchester City in terms of the league title, they have improved on last season, and are certainly better than the seasons before it.
“In the Champions League, I think any one of 10 teams can win it and I’d include us in that because I think the manager knows how to win,” Irwin told PA.
“You saw that in the Europa League last season.
“His history will tell you he knows how to win in Europe as well, so that will count for us.
“So, we’re in a very good position with an awful lot to play for during the last two-and-a-half months of the season.
“It’s a big month coming up with Sevilla and Brighton at home. We’ve just had Chelsea at home and got Liverpool at home as well.
“I think you’ve got to accept that [Manchester] City have got a very, very healthy lead and besides them having a huge, huge slip up, they’re going to win the league.
“So, it’s a battle to finish as high as possible. We’re in second place at the moment – and we seemed to be forever in sixth last year so that’s a huge improvement.”
One player who will have a huge say on United’s hopes of Champions League success is of course Romelu Lukaku, who had been accused of failing to show up in the big games, yet netted against Chelsea to at least put some of those doubters to bed.
After missing a chance in the away leg against Sevilla, he will want to show he can cut it when it matters most, and get United those wins during the tightest and most important of games – and the home leg at Old Trafford will be a brilliant place to follow up his performance against Chelsea in.