UEFA’s ban on Manchester City, which was to stop them from playing in Europe for two years, has been overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
The announcement was made this morning, and it obviously bears serious implications for Manchester United, and other teams battling for a top four finish in the Premier League.
First, what this means is that Manchester City is allowed to play in the Champions League next season, and they have already booked there place in the top four and a €10 million fine has been imposed on them by UEFA.
It’s already mathematically impossible for Pep Guardiola’s side to miss top four as far as this season is concerned.
By implication, this means Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester City, Wolves and other clubs trying to get into a Champions League place will have to secure a top four finish to ensure that happens.
As it is, United is in fifth, but could go third if we beat Southampton later tonight. Manchester United have their destiny in their own hands now must target wins against Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Leicester City.