Although it might suit City to avoid Thursday outings in the Ââconsolation cupâ, Ferguson tauntingly Âsuggests that any âbig clubâ needs European competition.
The United boss said: âThe Europa League has been a failure if you look at the way our league clubs have treated it. But I donât think losing is ever healthy for a big club and City need to beat Dortmund.
âOn the one hand you can play a fresh team every week for the rest of the season if you are not in the Europa League, but how do you keep all your players happy?
âThey are out of the League Cup and the Champions League â and for a club of that size it means theyâve not got enough games to keep the momentum and the Âinterest going.
âThereâs nothing better than big European nights. I think back to some of the quarter-finals and semi-finals weâve had in the ÂEuropean Cup and they were Âunbelievable games.
âI donât know enough about Cityâs players. Iâve not worked with any of them, apart from Carlos Tevez. But sometimes players want to play every game.
âIâve got that with Wayne Rooney. If he misses one or two games it takes him three games to get back. Some players have to play every week. Itâs a fact.
âYes, youâd have them fresh for league games and you would have more time for training. But you would have to deal with the fact that youâve not got European football. Every manager wants to do well in Europe â I do, anyway.â