Manchester United and Arsenal could both make it into the Champions League next season if Manchester City are handed a ban from the competition.
The New York Times yesterday reported that the Premier League champions have been investigated over possible breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations, with the team investigating them likely to call for the club to be given a one-year ban from Europe’s biggest club competition.
And as per the Daily Mirror, if City do miss out, that would mean a spare place for an English side.
Arsenal finished in 5th place this season so they will be the next in line to qualify, but they can also qualify by beating Chelsea in the Europa League final later this month.
If City gets banned, and the Gunners win the Europa League, that would mean 6th-placed Manchester United would be the next side to be bumped up from the Europa League to the UCL.
This would be pretty incredible, and of course, it may well be jumping the gun in a big way.
We are waiting to see what City’s punishment will be, while the Gunners could also be seen as trivial underdogs in their Europa League final clash with Chelsea at any rate.
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Imagine how pleasing it would be for Man Utd fans if they in some way found themselves back at Europe’s top table at the expense of their neighbours and rivals City.
This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago