'Unstoppable' Manchester United targeting Europa League triumph now, claims Luke Shaw

The Europa League winners also qualify for the Champions League with United playing the first leg of their quarter-final against Anderlecht on Thursday

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Manchester United have set their sights on winning the Europa League as an alternative route into next year's Champions League says Luke Shaw.

United are fifth in the Premier League, four points behind Manchester City, who occupy the final qualifying spot for next season's Champions League.

The Europa League winners, however, also qualify for the Champions League with United playing the first leg of their quarter-final against Anderlecht on Thursday.

"Every single game is massive now, but I think the one on Thursday is huge," he said. "We have to treat every game in that competition now like it's a final. We want to win that tournament.

"The Europa League is a massive thing for us now -- it's a trophy and it gives us qualification for the Champions League. With the players we have got, we can be unstoppable."

Fullback Antonio Valencia is expected to return against Anderlecht after missing United's last two league fixtures while goalkeeper David de Gea is a doubt with a hip injury.

United's Europa League matches are sandwiched around a clash with Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday.

Reuters

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