UNITED GIVEN CL BOOST
UEFA has announced that Manchester United will replace Chelsea in the UEFA Champions’ League for the 2014/2015 season on an 'organisational basis'.
With Chelsea being relegated to the Vanarama Conference South after entering administration, UEFA has followed up by dismissing the Blues from the competition.
Chelsea’s fall from grace sees Man United enter the Champions’ League after failing to qualify for any European competition last season under David Moyes.
In hope of being brought into the competition at Chelsea’s expense were Everton, who finished 5th in the Premier League in 2013/2014 and would have been the next in line for a Champions’ League spot.
However, UEFA considered the Red Devils as the most well prepared club to host games of the Champions’ League’s magnitude, having done so on a regular basis under Sir Alex Ferguson.
United’s introduction does, however, see them join the end of the line in English Champions’ League clubs, having to overcome a qualifying round before joining the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, who now enters the group stage automatically.