Friday, September 18, 2020

The Manchester double?

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After what has been one of the craziest seasons in English football history, mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still two clubs that are in with a chance of winning European silverware. The journey to get to this point has certainly been a long one but with just a handful of games remaining in the Champions League and Europa League, there’s a very real chance that both Manchester clubs – City and United – could bring home some extra silverware before the new campaign gets underway.

They’ve still got a whole lot of work to do before that can happen, but even so, it’s an exciting time to be a football fan from that part of the world. Today, we’re going to take a look at whether or not they can both get the job done, and what it would mean if they did.

Manchester City

The two-legged win over Real Madrid, aka the most successful team in the history of the UEFA Champions League, served as a rallying cry for City fans all around the world. Pep Guardiola is desperate to bring that trophy to the Etihad, but if he wants to do it, he’ll have to go down a pretty tough route. They’ll first have to play Lyon who were able to dethrone Italian champions Juventus, and from there, they’ll play the winner of the Bayern Munich vs Barcelona tie. If they overcome that hurdle then PSG, RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid await them in the final.

Manchester United

It would be wrong to suggest that the Red Devils looked like a team capable of winning the Europa League when they went toe to toe with FC Copenhagen earlier this week, but in the face of great difficulty, they managed to come out unscathed as they edged through to the semi-finals with a nice 1-0 win. If they want to progress even further then they’ll have to do it the hard way, taking on five-time winners Sevilla in the semis before locking horns with Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk in the final.

We’re not so sure when we’ll next see these two battling it out for the right to win the Premier League title, but on the European stage, they have the chance to make a real statement. Last season we saw Chelsea and Liverpool claim the UCL and UEL, and. it’s not ridiculous to think these two can achieve something similar.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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