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UEFA Takes Decision On Man Utd, Man City Playing Europa, UCL Next Season

Manchester City and Manchester United have been cleared by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body, CFCB, to take part in European competition next season.

Both City and LaLiga side Girona qualified for the Champions League.

There were doubts over whether both teams will be allowed to play in the competition, as they are both part of the City Football Group.

United, meanwhile, earned a Europa League ticket by winning the FA Cup along with Nice. The Ligue 1 club is also under the control of Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS group.

Two clubs under the same ownership being in one European competition creates a potential conflict with UEFA’s multi-club ownership rules, and changes had to be made at board level for all four clubs to be admitted.

UEFA confirmed on Friday that there had been “significant changes made to the ownership, governance, and financial support of the concerned clubs” which would “substantially restrict the investors’ influence and decision-making power”.

The shares held in Girona and Nice have been transferred to independent trustees “through a blind trust structure established under the supervision of the CFCB”.

The measure applies for the 2024/2025 season, after which the shares will transfer back to City Football Group and INEOS.

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EPL: Man Utd Confirm Departure of Seven Players [Full List]

Manchester United has released seven players from the club.
The announcement was made by the club on Wednesday.
They include Anthony Martial and Raphael Varane, who departed at the end of their contracts.
United released their retained list to confirm the future of certain players.
Martial and Varane already bid an emotional farewell to Old Trafford on the penultimate match of the season.
Joining them out of the exit door is academy graduate Brandon Williams. The defender spent last season on loan with Ipswich.
Fellow academy graduates Charlie McNeill, Marcus Lawrence and Kie Plumley are all set to leave.
Veteran midfielder, Tom Huddlestone, is also leaving. The 37-year-old moved to Old Trafford in August 2022 to act as a player-coach for the Red Devils’ U-21 side.
Jonny Evans and Tom Heaton are in talks over possible new contracts.
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Man United ‘Must Do Everything’ To Win FA Cup – Ten Hag

Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag has urged his players to ensure they win the FA Cup against Manchester City.
According to him, Manchester United must “do everything” to reward the loyalty of the “best fans in the world” by winning the FA Cup.
This is as the team recorded its worst finish to a Premier League season.
Although United won 2-0 at Brighton on Sunday’s final day of the campaign, that was only good enough for eighth place — their worst position at the end of a season since they came 13th under celebrated manager Alex Ferguson in 1990.
Hopes of qualifying for Europe next season now rest on United beating Manchester City in next weekend’s FA Cup final.
And the result at Wembley could have a major bearing on whether the Dutchman keeps his job after a traumatic season at Old Trafford.
United will have the added incentive of trying to deny local rivals City another domestic double after Pep Guardiola’s side clinched an unprecedented fourth successive English title on Sunday.
But even if United lift the FA Cup, there is no disguising the pain of a league season in which the 20-time league champions suffered 14 defeats and finished with a negative goal difference.
United manager Ten Hag thanked United’s supporters for their backing after late goals from Diogo Dalot and substitute Rasmus Hojlund ensured Roberto De Zerbi’s last match as Brighton boss ended in defeat.
“We have the best fans in the world and I mean this,” said Ten Hag, whose squad has been blighted by injuries this season.
“I have never had this experience when you have a season like us, which is by far not good enough, that the supporters are with us.”
The 54-year-old added: “They are with us in the bad season and in bad times they are there. I think also they know why the bad times are there.
 
“But we have to pay them back and we have to do everything to give them a trophy next week — but also for the future, we have to perform better.”
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BREAKING: We Have Reached A Mutual Agreement With Mason Greenwood – Man United

Mason Greenwood will no longer play for Manchester United.
The comes after the club mutually agreed that his future will be away from the club following the conclusion of their internal investigation.
The club made this known in a statement posted on their website on Monday said,  “Our process commenced in February 2023, following all charges against Mason being dropped.
“Throughout, we have taken into account the wishes, rights and perspective of the alleged victim along with the club’s standards and values, and sought to collate as much information and context as possible.
 
“This has required us to proceed with sensitivity and care to obtain evidence not in the public domain, including from those with direct knowledge of the case.
The club added that based on the evidence available to them, they have concluded that the material posted online did not provide a full picture and that Mason did not commit the offences in respect of which he was originally charged.
“That said, as Mason publicly acknowledges today, he has made mistakes which he is taking responsibility for.
 
“All those involved, including Mason, recognise the difficulties with him recommencing his career at Manchester United.
 
“It has therefore been mutually agreed that it would be most appropriate for him to do so away from Old Trafford, and we will now work with Mason to achieve that outcome,” the statement added.
Recall that Greenwood was arrested and arraigned in court last year on sexual assault and coercive behaviour charges against his girlfriend (now wife), Harriet Robson.
The Crown Prosecution Services dropped the charges in early February.
The duo has since then welcomed their first baby.
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Bayern Munich Join Chelsea And Manchester United to Bid For Victor Osimhen

Nigerian international, Victor Osimhen is now attracting attention from Chelsea and Manchester United.
The two clubs have joined German football giants, Bayern Munich for a move for the Napoli striker, according to Sky Sports Germany.
The Bundesliga champions are one of the European giants interested in luring the Nigeria international away from Napoli, and will now have to battle Manchester United and Chelsea for his signature.
Osimhen has scored 25 goals and recorded four assists in 29 appearances across all competitions for Napoli this season.
Bayern are said to be preparing an opening bid for Osimhen and are without an enigmatic forward after losing Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona last summer .
Also the report added that Ligue 1 champions, Paris Saint-Germain are also reportedly interested in the 24-year-old.
Osimhen alongside Erling Haaland, Robert Lewnadowski, Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe is one of the hottest strikers in Europe this season