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Manchester United's European Nightmare

Updated: Jun 18

Sir Jim Ratcliffe with Manchester United and Nice logos

Manchester United could be blocked from European competitions next season due to Uefa's ban on clubs under the same ownership participating in the same competition.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe's Ineos group has ownership in both Man U and Nice in France's Ligue 1.

Nice -- who play twice in the "French Equinox" match against Brest -- have had a poor run of form lately and have dropped out of a Champions League qualification spot. They're currently in 5th place, meaning they'd qualify for Europa League.

Man U is in 6th place in the Premier League, meaning they'd also get a spot in the Europa League.

That's complicated things for The Red Devils as a blanket ban remains in place for clubs under the same ownership umbrella competing in the same competition.

Potential scenarios exist where both Manchester United and Nice could qualify for the Conference League, but precedence might favor the French side.

If both clubs finish in the same position domestically, and qualify for the same competition, then United would get precedence because of England’s position at the top of Uefa’s five-year “access list”.

But, depending on the winners of each country’s domestic cup, there remains a scenario in which United and Nice each qualify for the Conference League but the French side take the spot due to a higher league position – leaving United with nothing.

Man U play Coventry in the FA Cup Semi Final on May 21 and Nice were knocked out of the Coupe De France by PSG earlier this month.

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