06/03/2012 08:00, Report by Adam Marshall

Law backs Europa run

United goalscoring legend Denis Law says his former side should strive to win the Europa League - a quest which continues this Thursday, 8 March, when Athletic Club come to Old Trafford in the Round of 16.

As one of the teams parachuted in from the Champions League last month, the Reds are ranked among the favourites to lift the trophy. When asked if Sir Alex's men should be aiming to go all the way to the Bucharest final, Denis replied:

"Absolutely. And there's a fair chance United could go on and win it.

"It's a shame for some of the teams who started the season in the Europa League when sides like United and Man City later come into it from the Champions League. But that's the way European football has gone and I'm glad we're still in Europe. It's great for young players to get the experience of playing against foreign teams. It's lovely for the fans as well because we enjoy watching the other sides.

"In the old days, this competition used to have the second-placed teams from each league. Now it has teams who finished fifth or sixth but they're not poor sides. The quality of teams in the Europa League is still good."

Denis Law was speaking to at the 'Legends Lunch', a fund-raising event for Manchester United Foundation. Find out more at

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