Finance guru: Man United set to lose boardroom 'battle' amid Uefa U-turn - 'They won't be happy'
Man United “won’t be happy” that Uefa is set to scrap its divisive plans to award Champions League places based on historic performance.
So says finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the future of the expanded Champions League after 2024.
It was widely reported that Uefa wanted to give two places in the new format to clubs who failed to qualify but have a top 10-year coefficient.
But The Times reported yesterday (2 May) that European football’s ruling body is now likely to scrap the proposals amid growing pressure.
United are five points outside the top four with just two games to go this season.
And Plumley insists that the Red Devils will be livid that they will not have an insurance policy via their 10-year coefficient in future years.
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“They won’t be happy,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“This is a battle between the boards of these powerful clubs and Uefa. It looks like they’re going to lose.
“United would be one of the clubs that would benefit from this plan, but it isn’t the right thing for football.
“There will always be winners and losers with anything like this, but the sensible decision is not to implement this.
“It puts United under a bit more pressure given where they are on the pitch at the moment.
“But the fans of a lot of clubs, including United, will want to get there on merit. There is a lot to be said for that.
“We should be looking at this as giving two other non-elite clubs an opportunity instead.”