Back door suc­cess

World Soccer - - The World -

Manch­ester United have crept into next sea­son’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons tour­na­ment by the back door by dint of win­ning the sub­sidiary com­pe­ti­tion against the young Ajax team in Swe­den.

It looked to me an act of some des­per­a­tion when UEFA de­cided to al­lot the win­ners of a largely pro­saic Thurs­day tour­na­ment a place among the gen­uine cham­pi­ons. Rather as, many years ago, Alan Har­daker, the em­bat­tled sec­re­tary of the Foot­ball League, man­aged to boost his ini­tially fal­ter­ing League Cup tour­na­ment by get­ting a place for the win­ners in Europe.

Prize...Manch­ester United will play in the Cham­pi­ons League next sea­son

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