Why a Sheffield United European adventure could be even more likely than you think
Sheffield United are hoping that they can enjoy a dream end to their impressive return season in the top flight by qualifying for Europe.
Sheffield United fans have been dreaming of a European adventure to cap off a brilliant season, and it could be even more likely than expected.
The Blades could qualify for Europe even if they finish as low as 8th place - if circumstances go in their favour.
Chris Wilder’s side are currently sat in 5th place, and if Manchester City’s European ban is upheld, then that will be enough for Champions League qualification, with England still entitled to four spots.
That would push the Europa League qualification spot down to 6th with two extra spots available for the respective winners of the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.
If Manchester City beat Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final then that Europa League qualification spot will transfer to the 7th placed team in the Premier League.
Beyond that, if the team that wins the FA Cup has already qualified for Europe, then that will free up another Europa League qualification spot for the 8th placed team.
Wilder’s men would love to test themselves against the very best in the Champions League, and a European adventure of some kind is looking ever more likely.
The Blades have been backed as genuine contenders for a Champions League spot by Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, who said that the ‘reality’ is that United could play in Europe’s top competition.