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Report: Why Man Utd could be banned from UCL next term even if they finish in top-four.

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Why Manchester United could be barred from UCL next season despite finishing in the top fourOGC According to the Sun, Nice’s higher Ligue 1 finish than the Red Devils’ in the Premier League could preclude them from qualifying for the Champions League against Manchester United next season.

British INEOS Group chairman and OGC Nice’s owner Jim Ratcliffe looks on before the French Cup final football match between OGC Nice and FC Nantes at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, on May 7, 2022. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP) (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images)

The French club is owned by incoming Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe. Although the expansion of Europe’s elite competition beginning next season would grant five direct spots to English clubs and three automatic spots to French top-flight teams, UEFA’s multi-club ownership rules prohibit the Red Devils and Nice from competing in Europe in 2024-25 unless one secures an automatic Champions League berth and the other qualifies directly for the Conference League.If both clubs finish in contention for the Champions League positions in their respective championships, the berth is awarded to the club that finishes higher; the other is eliminated from Europe.Notwithstanding this, Old Trafford will advance in the standings if both teams finish in the same position as Nice, as per England’s present UEFA classification.

 

Additionally, Manchester United would be unable to qualify for the Europa League should the French club fail to advance from the Champions League play-offs after finishing fourth in Ligue 1, thereby relegating themselves to the Europa League.Moving forward, both clubs will be limited to competing in the Champions League or Europa League during the same season, unless UEFA modifies their regulations or Ratcliffe sells Nice.The French club finished ninth in the league last season, but after a third of the season has passed, they have emerged as formidable title contenders.

 

Their success could prove disastrous for Manchester United on numerous fronts, as Ratcliffe is expected to be verified as a co-owner after acquiring 25% of the club.

 

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