“Manchester United loss is setback for Champions League hopes” says Thierry Henry
"It was always going to be difficult here, but it is a blow"
March 7th, 2016
Former Gunners striker Thierry Henry has acknowledged that Manchester United’s surprise defeat at the Hawthorns on Sunday is a huge setback to their ambitions of clinching a Champions League berth next season.
The Red Devils headed to the West Midlands in high spirits following a winning run stretching back four games, however they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to the Baggies with Salomon Rondon scoring for the home side and Juan Mata being sent off for the visitors.
Henry didn’t rule out the possibility of United finishing the season in the top-four, however he admitted that despite being a mere three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, they have made things very hard for themselves.
“It is a massive setback. [Van Gaal] is upset at the sending-off of Juan Mata and the goal they conceded was not because they were down to ten men, they could have defended that a bit better,” Henry said to Sky Sports.
“They had a lot of possession, they arrived here on a high, but they are still in the mix. They played a lot of games and it was always going to be difficult here, but it is a blow.”
United’s next outing is a Europa League last-sixteen clash with Premier League arch-rivals Liverpool on Thursday evening.