“Noises coming out of UEFA” – Journalist drops update on Man Utd being banned from Europa League

Despite their conflict of interest with Ligue 1 team Nice, Manchester United will, in the opinion of Mirror columnist John Cross, find a way to qualify for the Europa League next season.

Erik ten Hag’s team advanced to the tournament despite placing seventh in the Premier League after defeating Manchester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday at Wembley.

Although their league finish means they wouldn’t have qualified otherwise, it should be a good thing for the team, but it has also caused a big issue.

Not only did Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS acquire a minority interest in United earlier in the year, but they also successfully acquired Nice in 2019. After finishing fifth in the previous season, the Ligue 1 team qualified for the Europa League.

United ‘Likely to be Fine’ in Europa League

UEFA will want the Red Devils in the competition

According to The Telegraph, United would have to move into the UEFA Conference League if they are unable to comply with UEFA’s regulations regarding multi-club ownership because Nice finished higher in their separate leagues. They allegedly have till Monday to substantiate their claims.

Cross, though, is optimistic that a solution will be found and that UEFA will recognise the advantages of having the Manchester team participate in the league. As seen by the ownership of several Premier League teams, including Manchester City, Brighton, and Aston Villa, it is not unusual for owners to hold interests in other sports.

Cross told Sky Sports’ Back Pages podcast:

“What I would say is, the noises coming out of UEFA and Aleksander Ceferin in the recent past, they’ve made it clear they have to move with the times and be realistic. Multi-club ownership is the way forward for a lot of big businessmen and for a lot of big teams.

“They will probably find a correction in the longer term, even if they have to find compromises. They [United] have got about a week to convince UEFA and I bet that they will. Man United, who are one of the biggest teams in the world, will be a very big draw for UEFA’s new competition [format].

“It includes a bit of a revamp and a new look Europa League. It’s a competition they will not want to lose Man United from.”

Casemiro ‘Attracting Interest’ From Saudi Arabia

The Brazilian has interest from three clubs

A few Saudi Arabian clubs are reportedly interested in signing United midfielder Casemiro, according to Goal in Portugal. According to reports, Al Nassr, Al Ahli, and Al Qasidiya are all eager to sign the 32-year-old.

In August 2022, Casemiro moved to Manchester from Real Madrid in a £70 million transfer. Despite having a contract that expires in 2026, the midfielder’s impact has decreased this season because of injuries.

Casemiro only managed two assists and one goal in 25 Premier League games. Additionally, he was not included in the team for Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over City, which has only added credence to rumours that he is on his way out.

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