Champions League Absence Hurting Manchester United: Luis Van Gaal

Not playing teams outside English Premier League has hurt Manchester United, feels coach Luis van Gaal.

updated: October 20, 2014 19:51 IST
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Luis Van Gaal feels playing Champions League would have helped Manchester United players assess themselves.

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London: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal feels his club, which failed to qualify for the Champions League, are suffering due to their absence from the elite European tournament and insisted that his team will only reach higher levels when they will be up against some of the best sides in the world.

With rivals Manchester City and Liverpool are preparing for Champions League encounters against CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid, respectively, United instead travel to West Bromwich Albion in search of Premier League points, reports The Daily Telegraph. (Also read: Manchester United let me down, says former coach David Moyes)

“I don’t know if there is an advantage (being out of Europe). When you can play the Champions League and also the Europa League, you can compare yourselves as a team with the better players, with a higher level,” van Gaal said.

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