- Jose Mourinho believes Man United are among the strongest teams in the Europa League after crashing out of the Champions League
- Man United's 3-2 defeat in the hands of RB Leipzig saw them crash out of Champions League
- Man United are now due to join Spurs and Arsenal in competing in the Europa League
Jose Mourinho has named Man United among Europa League favourites following their elimination from the Champions League.
Man United were dumped out of the European competition following their 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig in their Group H decider.
The Red Devils went into the clash in search of just a point to confirm their place in the next round of the tournament.
However, a first half collapse that had them concede twice within the first 13 minutes and Justin Kluivert's second half goal rendered goals from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in closing stages of the clash a mere consolation.
The defeat saw the Old Trafford side finish third in the group with nine points behind Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain who topped the group.
They now join Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the second tier tournament.
Both Arsenal and Spurs are well on course to secure qualification to the knockout stages after a fine run of results.
Mourinho, who boasts of a record of never being eliminated from the Champions League group stages has now admitted he feels sorry for United after their exit.
"And of course Manchester United become one of the top favourites to win the Europa League. The teams that drop from the Champions League are always strong teams. They are teams that normally don’t belong to that level of the Europa League competition," Metro UK quoted Mourinho saying.
"And of course Manchester United is one of the top teams. The group was very hard, PSG, Manchester, Leipzig, the group was of course very hard. We all knew it was not going to be easy for any one of them, we knew from that group a top team would drop to the Europa League," he added.
He, however, claimed he still rates them highly and are now among favourites to win the Europa League.
Man United last won the Europa title in 2017 after they beat Ajax in the finals under the tutelage of the 57-year-old Portuguese tactician.
Last season, they were among the favourites to lift the trophy but were bundled out of the competition in the semifinal by Sevilla.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Ole Solskjaer has reportedly been blamed by some Manchester United players following their exit in the Champions League in which they lost against Leipzig.
The Premier League side had been favoured to secure their passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League, but they suffered an embarrassing defeat in their last group game.
Defeat against Leipzig means that Manchester United will now continue their campaign in Europe this term in the second tier which is the Europa League.
Solskjaer has now put himself under pressure following the Champions League defeat with many fans clamoring for the Norwegian to be sacked.
3 interesting footballing moments between Maradona and Nigeria | Legit TV