Why Man Utd could still qualify for the Champions League this season

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The Red Devils endured a poor campaign under both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite the fact the Norwegian enjoyed an 11-game unbeaten run after taking over in December.

During Solskjaer’s strong start, optimism was high that United would pull off a miraculous recovery and qualify for the Champions League.

A poor end to the season means a return to the Europa League is on the cards for the Old Trafford outfit.

However, rivals Manchester City could end up giving United a spot in Europe’s premier competition.

The Premier League winners are being threatened with a Champions League ban due to financial irregularities.

City are currently under investigation by a regulatory committee following a series of leaks into their conduct.

UEFA’s financial control board are attempting to push for a one-year ban.

As Man Utd cross their fingers and hope for a Champions League reprieve…

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Manchester United could still qualify for the Champions League (Pic: Getty)

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Man City could be banned from Europe (Pic: Getty)

This means should City be removed from next year’s competition, United could receive their spot.

Due to the fact UEFA allows five English teams into the competition, the Red Devils could join Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham, who all booked their spaces by finishing in the top four.

However, this depends on whether Arsenal are successful in the Europa League final later this month.

The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League this season, meaning they missed out on a Champions League spot.

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Could City give their spot to United? (Pic: Getty)

However, should they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku, Unai Emery’s men will be allocated a spot in the competition next year.

This will mean United would be in line to take City’s place if a ban occurs.

However, Arsenal would be in pole position should they lose to Chelsea.

City continue to deny any wrongdoing and are set to fight UEFA’s call to suspend them from European competitions.

Jose Mourinho has taken a pop at his former employers – claiming the club’s lack of ambition is the problem behind their failures on the pitch.

He said: “The problems are there, you can say that these are the players, the organisation, the ambition.

“I said nine or 10 months ago that after winning eight championships, finishing second with United may have been my greatest achievement. Now people understand.

“When I say that the second season was fantastic, I say it because the potential and the objectives were met.

“I really squeezed, like an orange, to achieve them. When you have a very professional group of players who are ambitious, hard-working and talented, at a structured club, you don’t have that erosion.”

 



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