If the Newcastle beat Erik ten Hag’s side to Champions League football, Newcastle United will have an opportunity to weaken European rivals Manchester United. As of now, Eddie Howe’s team is level on points with the Red Devils, who have been on a roll in recent weeks.
Man United have a game in hand on Newcastle and could go three points clear and leapfrog Newcastle into third place. After missing out on Champions League football last season, the Red Devils are under increasing pressure to return to Europe’s elite competition.
Nonetheless, Ten Hag will have limited funds to operate with in January, and with speculation rife about the Glazers’ future, the Dutch coach’s job may not get any easier, even if the Glazers do sell the club. According to the Telegraph, even after Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the club’s wage bill, Manchester United will have to sell in order to invest in the squad.
Ten Hag is interested in bringing in a top striker, such as Harry Kane, Benjamin Sesko, or Victor Osimhen, as well as another world-class midfielder, such as Frenkie de Jong or Jude Bellingham. If Newcastle beats Manchester United to a Champions League spot, it could have an impact on their rival’s spending power.
A second consecutive season outside the Champions League would result in a 30% cut – £22.5 million – in their £75 million-per-year contract with kit supplier Adidas, though this would be spread over the remaining two years. According to the report, any change in ownership would not provide the Red Devils with a financial boost in the summer transfer market if they failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Ten Hag’s side, like Newcastle, is still in the Carabao Cup, but the Red Devils are also in the Europa League, which will give the Magpies a fitness boost if key players stay fit. Tottenham Hotspur are Newcastle’s and Manchester United’s main rivals. Antonio Conte’s team