McCarthy expects backlash

McCarthy’s Wolves side will take on United at Old Trafford on

Saturday in the aftermath of their shock defeat by Basle while

big-spending City have also crashed out despite beating Bayern

Munich. But McCarthy believes the two clubs will respond in a

positive fashion after failing to qualify for the knockout stages.

He said: “It may have an affect on the Premier League. It might

make those two teams better still in the Premier League as opposed

to having to play Champions League football. “I’ve seen and read

all the bits and heard all the ‘it’s embarrassing playing on

Thursday night’ stuff. “You know what, I would have thought both

managers would have said ‘we can’t do anything about it, let’s win

the Europa League and the Premier League’. “The more you dwell on

it afterwards, there is nothing that can be done about it. “All

they can do is try and win the next competition they are in and it

might just make them stronger in the league.”