Manchester United’s defeat at Huddersfield this afternoon could have hugely-unwanted long-term repercussions, if Watford manage to upset Man City in the FA Cup final in 2 weeks’ time.
United fumble lead
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men travelled to the John Smith’s Stadium a short time ago, for their final away outing of the Premier League season.
The Red Devils headed into proceedings with their top-4 hopes hanging by a thread, making a 3-point haul versus bottom of the table Huddersfield an absolute must.
However, when all was said and done this afternoon, United couldn’t get the job done.
The latest abysmal away performance on the part of the Manchester giants eventually saw Scott McTominay’s early strike cancelled out by Isaac Mbenza to see the spoils shared at the John Smith’s Stadium.
As such, with Chelsea having dispatched of Watford by 3 goals to nil, United’s hopes of securing a Champions League berth for next season are now officially over.
That’s 8 points in 7 games since Solskjaer’s permanent appointment. Europa confirmed.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) May 5, 2019
United’s potential early start
And, on the back of the club’s latest blow in their hopes of regaining their place among European football’s elite, a worrying point, showcasing why United’s failure to pick up all 3 points this afternoon could have implications stretching all the way into next season, has since surfaced online.
As highlighted below, if the Red Devils finish in 6th in the Premier League table, which now looks highly likely, and Watford manage to upset the odds with a victory over Manchester City in this month’s FA Cup final, then United’s Europa League campaign will begin on the 25th of July.
Manchester United confirmed to be in the Europa League next season and – if Watford somehow beat Man City in FA Cup final and United stay 6th – their season will start on July 25 in the second qualifying round.
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) May 5, 2019
Incredibly, United actually have a pre-season friendly clash versus Tottenham scheduled for that very date:
If MUFC finish 6th and Watford win the FA Cup, Utd will have to go through three rounds of EL qualifying just to get to the group stages of the competition. First game would be on July 25 – the day that Utd are due to play Spurs in Shanghai
— Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) May 5, 2019