Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has opened up about his former club’s Champions League chances, ahead of tonight’s game with FC Basel. United gained automatic entry to this year’s competition by winning the Europa League at the end of the last season.
Tonight’s match with FC Basel will mark the first time Manchester United have played in the Champions League since the 2015/16 season. The Red Devil’s could only manage a third place group stage finish that year, and Ryan Giggs believes that the club should fare much better over the next few months.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Giggs said: “You look at the current Manchester United team and you wonder if they can they win the Champions League? Have they got the players to win it?”
“They’re probably a little bit short at the moment. You’ve got Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, if he fulfils his potential, Marcus Rashford, David de Gea, a world-class player, and then if you add somebody like Gareth Bale to the mix, that’s when you talk about United having Champions League expectations.”
“Obviously, Mourinho has won the trophy before so we’re going to be there or thereabouts, but whether we’ve got the players to go the whole way, I don’t know.”