NYON: Manchester United and Manchester City will be allowed to compete in European football next season alongside two affiliated clubs after UEFA assessment.

The two Manchester clubs orginally worried that, at the worst, they may have to pick whether they or their sister clubs would be allowed to play after qualifying for Europe.

Manchester City are owned by City Football Group along with Girona, the Spanish side which finished third in the 2023-24 season to qualify for the Champions League for the first time.

United reached the Europa League having won the FA Cup and will now be allowed to play alongside Nice, who finished fifth in Ligue 1 to also qualify. INEOS, owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, have a minority stake in the Red Devils and also own Nice.

To allow both teams to compete, UEFA announced on Friday that the French side had undergone “significant changes by the concerned investors” to prove that no individual has “control or decisive influence” over both clubs.

Both INEOS and CFG have also agreed not to transfer players between their respective clubs until September 2025, with the exception of pre-existing deals.