Paul Merson believes Chelsea are better than Manchester United after their Europa League failure

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Chelsea have a record of going to the Europa League and winning it, but the same cannot be said about Manchester United who lost to Villarreal in the final of the Europa League.

Manchester United finished the season second in the Premier League, an improvement from last season, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side amassed 74 points.

United finished last season 33 points behind the top, but have cut the difference to 12 points this season.

However, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson doesn’t really see this as progress and rates Chelsea’s progress this season under Thomas Tuchel as better than United’s so-called progress.

Merson pointed to how Chelsea defeated La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, but United couldn’t beat a 7th placed Villarreal team.

Paul Merson told Sky Sports: “People also say about having a better season this year because they got more points but some of these teams finished five places lower this year.

“It doesn’t work like that. I’d rather have 10 less points and win the league than 25 points more and come second. People get carried away with stats and points. United are a million miles away, and that was shown on Wednesday.

“Villarreal are an average team. They finished seventh in La Liga. We saw what Chelsea did to Real Madrid, who came second in the league.

“Chelsea dismantled them. We saw what Chelsea did to Atletico Madrid, who won the league. They dismantled them.

“It’s an average team and Manchester United couldn’t put them away. For all the play they had, they didn’t even look like putting them away.”

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