Fans of either Manchester club may disagree, but it is great for European football that both clubs failed to progress in the Champions League.
Their presence in the Europa League allows fans that would not normally get to watch them play their favorite club or see them live to do so.
It also gives more clubs a chance to measure themselves against two of the world's best.
It is not just the competition that is benefiting, though. So are the English clubs and fans.
Just this week, Manchester United and Premier League fans who do not closely follow La Liga saw just how good Spanish clubs are.
Without consistently watching La Liga, the average PL fan would fail to recognize the talent at Bilbao. They would not enjoy the beautiful attacking football that Bielsa has created.
Those fans would also not be open to watching other Europa League matches.
For that reason - and due to so many great clubs still being in the tournament - the Europa League will challenge the Champions League this year for being the most enjoyable tournament.
While the CL is the more prestigious and respected tournament, that does not mean the the Europa League cannot be more exciting.