Manchester United could book a Champions League place as early as July 13

Manchester United could find out whether or not it will be playing in the UEFA Champions League next season by as early as July 13, with Manchester City’s fate set to be decided on the same day.

City were banned for breaching Financial Fair Play rules a few months ago, and look set to miss out on Europe’s biggest football competition, unless it is overturned.

Pep Guardiola’s side have however appealed the ban, and are set to discover their fate on July 10, after UEFA moved it forward by three days, to avoid a clash with Champions League draws.

The case is obviously of significance to Man United because we stand to either benefit or lose from it. We’re currently fifth on the Premier League table while City are second, but if the ban is upheld, it means we automatically take their place in the Champions League next season.

City are no doubt, hopeful of getting a positive judgement, but for every United fan, the opposite will be the prayer.

There are strong indications that City’s ban will not be overturned, but we will only know for sure by July 13.

Meanwhile, with six games left to be played, Manchester United are strong favourites to finish in the top four, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has gained momentum in the race for top four. United are two points behind Chelsea in fourth place and three points behind Leicester City.