Manchester United have been handed a boost with Champions League qualification after UEFA confirmed new plans for the 2024/25 campaign and beyond.
It has already been confirmed that the competition will be extended to 36 teams from 32, but UEFA have now revealed that two of those extra places won’t be based on the club co-efficient ranking.
In the current campaign, the Red Devils and Roma would be the clubs to benefit from that system, but UEFA have opted against the suggestion with several teams and fans questioning the sporting integrity.
Hence, a new route has been devised. The best collective performance of clubs (each country) in Europe will now be considered (total number of co-efficient points divided by the number of participating clubs).
Based on this, two associations will benefit from an extra Champions League spot. For example, England and Netherlands would get those places this term. The fifth side in the Premier League would receive a Champions League berth.
With the new system, United would still miss out on the competition judging by this season’s performances, but they stand to benefit in the long-run if they miss out on the top four.
United are set for a period of transition under manager Erik ten Hag, and Champions League qualification could be trickier in future with more fierce competition in the Premier League.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have become tougher opposition over the past year while Newcastle United could enter the mix in future with their big-money Saudi-led takeover.
The United faithful would ideally want to be competing for trophies with a regular top-four spot, but an extra Champions League place could be crucial for the 2024/25 season and beyond.
The Premier League could almost have an assured fifth Champions League spot in future if the clubs in Europe continue to impress and reach the latter stages of the continental competitions.
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