When discussing who could win the Europa League, Wilkins said: “When they are looking at this, they need to look seriously at winning it - especially Manchester United and Liverpool. Spurs will qualify [for the Champions League] through their league place.”
Liverpool, United and Spurs are all taking part in the competition this week, when it returns following an extended break.
Liverpool take on German side Augsburg, the Red Devils face off against FC Midtjylland, and Spurs travel to Italy to play Serie A high flyers Fiorentina.
All three clubs are certainly good enough to win the competition, but it is up to them to take it seriously with Premier League commitments running alongside their European adventures.
Wilkins has suggested that both Liverpool and United need to take the competition seriously, and push as hard as they can to win it, considering they are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League through domestic football.
The Premier League top four is likely to be occupied by its current inhabitants at the end of the season, meaning the Reds and the Red Devils need to be pushing to win the Europa League to secure the qualifying spot that entails.
Spurs have no need to focus on it, as they are already in the top four, but Europe’s secondary competition offers United and Liverpool a final chance to get into the Champions League for next season.