SHOCKING NEWS: coming from Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United could reportedly be stopped from participating in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) next term even if they manage to qualify.


Manchester United may face exclusion from the UEFA Champions League next season, even if they qualify, due to Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s recent involvement with the club. Ratcliffe, through his INEOS group, also holds a majority stake in OGC Nice, currently third in Ligue 1. UEFA ownership regulations dictate that if both teams qualify for the Champions League, only one can participate, and preference would likely be given to Nice over Manchester United because of their higher league position. This scenario could mark United’s fifth absence from the competition since 2014.

Despite their current sixth position in the English Premier League, Manchester United’s path to Champions League qualification remains uncertain, with a five-point gap between them and fourth-placed Aston Villa. Even if they secure a top-four finish, UEFA ownership rules could prevent their participation due to Ratcliffe’s stake in both United and Nice.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly aware of the potential conflict and is exploring options to mitigate Manchester United’s risk of disqualification from the Champions League. Discussions have already begun with the Glazer family, who own the majority of Manchester United, regarding Ratcliffe’s interest in the club. Ratcliffe’s representatives are prepared to negotiate with UEFA to find a solution beneficial to both clubs and the governing body.

To avoid potential disqualification, Manchester United could secure direct qualification by finishing higher in their league than Nice. Given England’s strong standing in UEFA, United would likely be preferred for qualification in such a scenario.

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