Perhaps the least surprising news of the day has been confirmed. Manchester City’s ban has been overturned.
City were handed a two-year ban from UEFA competitions earlier this year for Financial Fair Play (FFP) breaches.
But after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), City’s ban has been dismissed.
BBC Sport report City instead will just have to pay a 10 million Euro fine.
What it means for United
This is the removal of a safety net for United when it comes to Champions League qualification.
If City’s ban was upheld, then fifth place in the Premier League would have qualified for next season’s Champions League.
With a gap opening up between fifth and sixth place, this would have effectively meant United would have been guaranteed a spot, with a win tonight against Southampton.
Instead we will have to earn a place and not rely on a backdoor entry to the Champions League, which is a better way to do it anyway.
At the rate Chelsea and Leicester are dropping points, it is more likely to be one of them cursing at this ruling.
A win for United tonight puts us into third place with three games to go. We just have to keep winning, and this decision puts extra significance on the match with Southampton.
There is also the chance to qualify by winning the Europa League in August.
What this ban being overturned does do, is keep City’s team together.
Players like Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling could have sought an exit if the club were banned from the Champions League for two years. Even Pep Guardiola could have decided to look elsewhere.
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