MANCHESTER UNITED have endured a tough couple of months on the finish of the season, having misplaced out to Barcelona within the Champions League.
Regardless of, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transformation at United, they face not competing within the match subsequent 12 months, with high 4 within the Premier League additionally out of the query.
Can Manchester United qualify for the Champions League by ending fifth?
Those that end within the high 4 locations within the Premier League have lengthy been awarded a spot within the forthcoming season’s Champions League.
The emergence of Manchester Metropolis and Tottenham during the last decade or so has seen the elite groups within the division prolonged to 6 inflicting much more competitors to be one of the best.
The likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all needed to make do with taking part in within the Europa League lately for ending fifth and sixth.
However that would change this season as league leaders Man Metropolis face an anxious wait to see if they may be capable to compete in Europe’s premier competitors subsequent 12 months.
The Etihad Stadium membership are underneath investigation after it was alleged they’re in breach of the Monetary Truthful Play guidelines.
Metropolis have referred to as the claims “completely false” but when they’re discovered responsible they may face “exclusion from UEFA competitors” based on UEFA committee head Yves Leterme.
This may imply that regardless of the place Pep Guardiola’s facet completed, they’d not be capable to compete and the place would go to the membership who finishes in fifth.
United nonetheless must overtake Arsenal to complete fifth, with the Gunners sitting a degree forward going into the ultimate recreation of the Premier League season.
How else can United qualify for the Champions League?
Sadly for United followers, there may be not one other approach this season.
Winners of the Champions League and Europa League are mechanically awarded a spot in Europe’s high competitors for subsequent season – regardless of the place they end of their home division.
However United’s Four-Zero mixture defeat to Barcelona knocked them out of the Champions League and now they’re more likely to be taking part in the Europa League subsequent 12 months.
Issues might get even worse for the Purple Devils, as a sixth place end and an FA Cup victory for Watford might see them kick off their Europa League marketing campaign within the second qualifying spherical.
This kicks off on July 25, the identical day they’re as a consequence of play Tottenham in a pre-season pleasant price £1million.