Thierry Henry: Arsenal Legend Mocks Manchester United on Champions League Night

Thierry Henry: Arsenal Legend Mocks Manchester United on Champions League Night

Elijah Odetokun
April 17, 2024 at 7:49 AM
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  • Arsenal have secured a spot in the UEFA Champions League group stage next season
  • Manchester United are unsure of their European participation for the 2024/25 season
  • Gunners legend Thierry Henry has aimed a dig at the Red Devils during punditry duty

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Thierry Henry is a king on the microphone whenever he is on punditry duty, and this time, Manchester United were the target of his thinly veiled dig.

Arsenal, Newcastle and United's city rivals, Manchester City, were the four English teams that qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage this season.

Erik ten Hag, Manchester United, Bournemouth, Vitality Stadium, Premier League.
Erik ten Hag reacts after Manchester United went behind against Bournemouth during their 2-2 draw. Photo by Catherine Ivill.
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The top two teams in the league last year made it out of the group stage as winners, while the other two finished bottom of their groups and were eliminated.

Erik ten Hag's men were particularly shambolic, finishing bottom of a group with Galatasaray and Danish champions Copenhagen, which infuriated their fans.

Henry trolls Manchester United

Henry was on punditry duty ahead of last night's Champions League quarter-final games between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain as well as Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid.

During the intro on CBS Sports Golazo, the team piled on Jamie Carragher after the Reds lost their Europa League first-leg game at Anfield 3-0 to Atalanta.

The former France international to flex Mikel Arteta's team claimed he is confident the Gunners will play UCL football again next season and asked if Man United will be there, and all burst out laughing.

Carragher added to the jibe by asking if the media covers Thursday night football, and Henry added that it's not even certain the Red Devils will be there as they could potentially finish outside of the top seven.

They are in the semi-final of the FA Cup, and if they win the domestic cup, they could earn a slot in the Europa League.

Arsenal will face Bayern Munich later tonight for a spot in the semi-final, their first since 2009, as noted by Transfermarkt. The first leg ended 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium.

Ten Hag explains Man United's struggles

Sports Brief reported on Ten Hag explaining Man United's struggles this season, particularly in front of goal, where they have a negative goal difference with five games to go.

The Dutch manager claimed the lack of strikers affected the team, with French forward Anthony Martial missing most of the season due to injuries and is uncertain to return.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.