Louis van Gaal says Manchester United and Liverpool need to get used to being out of the Champions League.
The Dutch boss says Fans should not dwell on past glories or belittle the Europa league.
The two arch rivals face each other on Thursday at Anfield in the round of 16.
“Other teams are playing in the Champions League. You are talking about Manchester United and Liverpool, we are happy to play in the Europa League.” He said.
“But Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea are still playing in the Champions League. So six clubs are in Europe (also including Tottenham in the Europa League) and you have to be proud of that.”
“But in football it is normal. It is not normal that one team dominates for 20 years in a row as the champion.”