Manchester United financial results: Champions League absence could trigger £60m losses


Van Gaal insists that United's ability to attract players will not be affected by their possible failure to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Depending on the outcome of today's Premier League clash with Bournemouth, and the result of arch-rivals Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium, Manchester United may be without Champions League football next season.

David De Gea could leave Manchester United this summer unless Jose Mourinho is appointed as Louis van Gaal's replacement, according to the Daily Telegraph. How many are still in the race?

"We are looking forward to the FA Cup final on May 21 and hopefully winning this special trophy for a record-equalling 12th time".

De Gea won his third successive United Player of the Year award this season but has more lofty ambitions from a team success viewpoint which he feels can not be met while van Gaal is in charge.

This season Manchester United have scored a barely believable 46 goals in 37 games under Van Gaal, two less than Sunderland, who narrowly avoided relegation, and just two more than Newcastle, who were sucked into the Championship.

"At the minute I think we're still waiting to see", the 30-year-old said.

On Friday, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward spoke with investors on a telephone conference call and failed to mention van Gaal or his fate even once.

"And I have said I shall be here, that is my opinion, so the board has to decide if it is like that".

Sky Italia claim Mourinho is heading for Old Trafford though, as Manchester City discovered when they announced earlier this year that Pep Guardiola was to replace Manuel Pellegrini, the effect on players can sometimes be negative.

United will go through the motions in their rearranged fixture against Bournemouth knowing they are destined to slum it in the UEFA Europa League as a season-long punishment. "So for him to be in the market and not be interested in him, I don't think that's wise". "It's been mooted that he's sat there getting experience so we'll see what for?" he added.

"It is always three parties - us, the club, the player himself and then it is not always the player".