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Robin van Persie names Man Utd, Arsenal and Ajax as the teams to beat in the Europa League

first_img Comment Advertisement Robin van Persie has picked out the most likely teams for Europa League success (Picture: Getty Images)Robin van Persie has avoided controversy among his former clubs by naming Manchester United and Arsenal as favourites to win the Europa League this season.The Red Devils and the Gunners resume their Europa League campaigns on Thursday night with the first legs of their last 32 ties.United only have a short trip to Belgium to take on Club Brugge, while Arsenal are in Greece to face Olympiakos.Both sides have struggled badly for consistency this season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side seventh in the Premier League while Mikel Arteta’s men are four points behind in 10th.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Van Persie has still backed two of his former sides as favourites to lift the trophy in May, while the Dutchman also views Ajax as likely challengers for the title.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Arsenal and Manchester [United] are certainly favourites to win the competition,’ the 36-year-old told Omnisport.‘Ajax were knocked out of the Champions League in a hard way, which is also part of football, unfortunately.‘They also have a chance to win the Europa League, they have a very good squad.’The bookmakers do not necessarily agree with the former prolific striker, with Inter Milan and Sevilla available at shorter prices to win the Europa League than Manchester United, Arsenal or Ajax.Inter take on Ludogorets Razgrad in the last 32, while Sevilla take on CFR Cluj and Ajax meet Getafe.Scottish sides Celtic and Rangers are both still involved in the competition, but are significant outsiders for success, with the Bhoys up against FC Copenhagen next and the Gers playing Braga.Rangers boss Steven Gerrard accepts the mammoth task ahead of his side against Braga, but feels his side have what it takes to cause an upset.‘We know we are playing the best team in Portugal right now, the form team,’ he said. ‘This is a team that has just beaten Porto in a cup final, just beaten Benfica away and also beaten Sporting Lisbon of late.‘They are the form team and one we have a lot of respect for. But having watched them and analysed them, there are areas of their game where we believe we can go and hurt them.’MORE: Mikel Arteta calls on Arsenal players to show courage in Europa League clash with OlympiakosMORE: Graeme Souness hits out at Manchester United over failed Erling Haaland transfer – and mocks striker’s father Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Feb 2020 10:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.8kSharescenter_img Robin van Persie names Man Utd, Arsenal and Ajax as the teams to beat in the Europa League Advertisementlast_img

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