Manchester United

Man Utd fail to qualify for 2022/23 Champions League

Tom Gott
United have missed out on the Champions League
United have missed out on the Champions League / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Manchester United will definitely not be playing Champions League football next season after Saturday's 4-0 mauling at the hands of Brighton left them mathematically unable to qualify.

United headed into the game knowing they needed a minor miracle anyway. Arsenal were four points clear with two games in hand, meaning the Red Devils needed to win each of their remaining two fixtures while hoping that neither Arsenal nor Tottenham picked up any points.

Not only did they fail to win, but their European dream came crashing down in astonishing fashion as they were absolutely overwhelmed by Graham Potter's Brighton.

Chants of 'You're not fit to wear the shirt' took over the Amex Stadium as goals from Moises Caicedo, Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard had Brighton 4-0 up on the hour mark.

The result takes United to 56 goals conceded this season - their highest total since the Premier League was founded in 1992.

United's focus is now on ensuring they play any form of European football next season under incoming manager Erik ten Hag.

The Red Devils sit sixth in the Premier League table, occupying the final Europa League qualifying spot, but are just six points ahead of West Ham, who have two games in hand and three left to play overall.

Concerningly for United, it is still mathematically possible that they could miss out on European football altogether, with even a spot in the Europa Conference League not guaranteed.

Wolves are eight points behind United with three games to play and could still leapfrog United if they win their remaining fixtures.

Fortunately, the fixture lists aren't too kind to either West Ham or Wolves. The former still need to play Manchester City, while the latter have both City and Liverpool on their schedule.