Manchester United transfer news: Wayne Rooney says Champions League qualification vital to attract top players to Old Trafford

The Red Devils are close to qualifying for the group stage of the competition after winning the first-leg of their play-off with Club Brugge

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Wayne Rooney has admitted that despite the pull of Manchester United to prospective players, Champions League football is vital to attract the very best.

United have missed out on a couple of high-profile targets this summer, including Sergio Ramos and Pedro. With the club looking short of options, particularly in attack, there are concerns about the club's transfer policy. The United captain's view may offer a clue as to where those problems lie.

Manchester United are currently unable to guarantee Champions League football to potential signings. Having ended last season in fourth place, Louis van Gaal's side are currently involved in a two-leg play-off with Club Brugge. Having won the first game 3-1, qualification for the group stage looks highly likely, but won't be confirmed until after the second leg on Wednesday.

"United are a massive club, but it depends on the player,” Rooney is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“When I joined, I said I wanted to join a club playing Champions League football.

“Obviously United still have a big pull in terms of the best players, but they will want to play Champions League football so it is important we qualify.”


The club have been linked with a host of big names, including Edinson Cavani, Thomas Muller and most recently, Neymar.

Rooney added: “A club this size has to be in the Champions League.

“Last year we were disappointed and the most important thing for us is to make sure we qualify and get those special nights back here.”