Redknapp: Manchester United can win the Champions League to qualify

Former Liverpool midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes Manchester United can emulate Chelsea by qualifying for next season’s Champions League as winners.

Manchester United currently sit 7th place in the Premier League after a difficult debut season in charge for manager David Moyes. The reigning English champions presently reside 11 points off Liverpool in 4th place with just 12 games left this season.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils face Olympiakos away next Tuesday evening in the first leg of their last sixteen clash with the Greek champions in the Champions League. Moyes’ side finished top of their group to draw the Greek giants who came second in theirs and United will certainly be the favourites to progress through to the quarter finals in April.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes the English champions have their best chance of qualifying for next term’s Champions League by winning the competition this year as Chelsea did back in 2011/12 when they finished 6th in the league.

“I expect Manchester United to go through. It’s going from one problem to another for Manchester United at the moment – you just don’t see an end to it, really,” he explained.

“But, if they want to get in the Champions League next season, this is their realistic chance. They have got another chance and this might be it.”

Redknapp not only believes winning the Champions League is United’s best chance of qualifying for the competition next season but he also stated his belief that Moyes’ current Manchester United team are better than the Chelsea team who won the Champions League were:

“Chelsea did it a couple of years ago and they weren’t as good a side as this Man United team are so who know?”

That Blues side that won the Champions League and FA Cup under Roberto Di Matteo in 2011/12 consisted of the likes of Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, and, of course, Manchester United’s club record signing this January Juan Mata.

Chelsea had been underdogs against Bayern Munich whom they beat in the Final at the Allianz Arena in 2012 on penalties.

With the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Javier Hernandez, Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and youngsters Adnan Januzaj and goalkeeper David De Gea, United might just have the balance of experience and youth as well as the obvious quality within their ranks to go on to win the Champions League and they will surely be looking to get off to a good start against Olympiakos next Tuesday.

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