What Man City’s UCL ban being overturned means for Man Utd’s European hopes

Manchester City's Champions League ban has been overturned, and it has implications for the rest of the Premier League's hopes of playing European football next season.

The Citizens were looking at a possible two-year ban from all European competitions prior to the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this Monday.

But Pep Guardiola's side will now be allowed to play in the Champions League next season, and they have also seen their €30million fine reduced to just €10m.

The decision means that normal rules apply, where the Premier League is concerned.

In a regular season, the top four teams in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League group stages, with the team finishing fifth qualifying for the Europa League group stages.

The winners of the FA Cup also qualify for the Europa League group stages, while the winner of the Carabao Cup qualifies for the second qualifying round.

Should the FA Cup winner finish in the top five, then their qualification spot via league position sees their Europa League group place spot go to the team in sixth.

Additionally, if the Carabao Cup winners finishes in the top five, then the same applies. And if both the Carabao Cup winners and the team who win the FA Cup are in the top six, then the team seventh in the Premier League qualify.

Winning the Champions League or the Europa League impacts the standings too, with both clubs qualifying for the Champions League next season.

In the unlikely event that both these teams finish outside the top four then the team in fourth misses out next season, as a maximum of five Premier League teams can play in the Champions League.

Additionally, a maximum of seven Premier League teams can play in Europe.

Had Manchester City's ban been upheld and they finished in the top four then the team who finished fifth were in line to qualify for the Champions League next season.

This would have meant that the team who finished sixth would have qualified for the Europa League group stages.

It would have also meant that the team who finished seventh would have been in line to qualify for the second qualifying round of the Europa League, as City won the Carabao Cup this season.

But the ban being overturned means Manchester United must now finish in the top four to qualify for the Champions League next season, as their current fifth-place positioning will not be enough.

Of course, the Red Devils are still competitive in the Europa League, so could qualify for Europe's elite competition next season by winning this trophy.

Wolves are currently in sixth, and Sheffield United seventh, meaning both clubs are still in line to qualify for the Europa League next season.

Tottenham and Arsenal must improve their standings however, although the Gunners could qualify for the Europa League by winning the FA Cup.

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