Shearer: Europa win would cap ‘unbelievable season’ for Man Utd

Joe Williams
Alan Shearer Man Utd

Alan Shearer thinks it would be an “unbelievable season” for Man Utd if they could back up Champions League qualification with Europa League glory.

The Red Devils secured a third-placed finish with their 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Sunday, which guarantees them Champions League football next term.

They can now concentrate on winning the Europa League as they play the second leg of their round of 16 clash against LASK on August 5, with Man Utd 5-0 up from the first leg in Austria.

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And Shearer thinks it will be an “unbelievable season” for Man Utd if they can win the European competition.

Shearer wrote in The Sun: “United have been on an unbelievable run of 14 games unbeaten in the league and once again, in their 2-0 victory at Leicester, the brilliant Bruno Fernandes was key to their success.

“His pass to Anthony Martial was sublime and, after the Frenchman was fouled, he stuck away the penalty for the opening goal.

“Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team can get back to where their fans believe they belong depends on who they get in. They obviously need strengthening. They need three or four if they want to challenge for the league.

“Certainly going forward is not going to be an issue — Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford are only going to get better. But defensively and in goal, with David De Gea, is an issue. How you solve a problem like De Gea is the big question Ole has to tackle over the next few weeks.

“The Spaniard looked shaky again yesterday. There were one or two incidents where he didn’t fill his back four with any confidence.

“It will be a massive decision for Ole whether to replace him — and I don’t see the point of bringing back Dean Henderson from Sheffield United unless he is going to make him his NO1.

“That said, at least De Gea kept a clean sheet, they got the job done and now have the chance to win the Europa League. On top of Champions League football, that would be an unbelievable season for them if they can do that.”