Hansen warns United they'll end up like Liverpool if they miss top four

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Media pundit and former Liverpool professional Alan Hansen has underlined the urgency that is required at Manchester United

There is no advantage in Manchester United losing out on European football. It will not provide David Moyes with a chance to rebuild the team in his image and, if the club fails to reach a final ranking in the top four positions of the Premier League then they will experience an arduous run of having to regain a top four position - akin to Liverpool's struggles since 2010.

That is the view of three-time European Cup winning former Liverpool centre back Alan Hansen, who alluded to the possibility that, should United maintain their current form, performances and league rank, then they may end up losing players who are in pursuit of competing at the highest echelons of club football.

For example, could Robin van Persie do what Fernando Torres did, who swapped Anfield for Stamford Bridge in a £50m deal as he transferred to Chelsea?

Hansen wrote in The Telegraph: 'I have heard it suggested that if Manchester United do lose out on the Champions League for one season it could be beneficial longer term as they rebuild under David Moyes.

'For those persuaded by such an argument, take a look at what happened at Anfield in the aftermath of dropping out of the top four at the end of the 2010 season. Liverpool went from second in 2009 to seventh in 2010. In the months and years that immediately followed, the club experienced a traumatic takeover, lost their star striker who cited his desire for Champions League football, had four managers in three years and spent over £100 million on players.

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'They are still trying to find their way back into the competition.'

This season appears to be Liverpool's chance to regain entrance back into the Champions League. Under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, players such as Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are thriving, while he also oversees the development of the club's top young talent in Raheem Sterling.

Where do you see United finishing this season? Will they endure three seasons finishing from fifth to eighth? Let us know in the comment section below.

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