City's Champions League ban helps United, if we are good enough

Manchester City’s ban from the Champions League should be good news for Manchester United.

UEFA have banned City for two years due to Financial Fair Play breaches, BBC Sport report.

From a United perspective there’s little sympathy.

It helps us out as it means, assuming City finish in the top four, the fifth placed Premier League team will qualify for next season’s Champions League.

It’s obviously pending an appeal, but this is the situation as it stands, BBC Sport report.

Considering how a top four place was looking like a stretch for us, top five helps our chances.

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Increased competition

Unfortunately the positions are just so crowded at the moment. Let’s remember we are down in 9th.

Tottenham and Chelsea will both hope to shut United out, while Wolves, Sheffield United and even Everton are in the mix. Arsenal now have a shot again too.

Having this extra opportunity is great, but it’s going to go to the wire. This news energises a lot of teams and not just United.

Missing out on a Champions League place now would be even more gutting considering the requirement has now dropped.

It’s great to have the chance, but if United blow it, this season will seem even worse.

There’s no guarantee we are good enough and consistent enough to take advantage, although it does mean if we lose to Chelsea on Monday night, there’s less reason to panic.

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