Great news for Leeds United & Liverpool, a nightmare for Manchester United fans
28 Apr 2020 04:55 pm, by YorkshireSquare
There is still a desire within English football to restart the season with the Premier League’s "Project Restart" kicking off this week. But with no end to lockdown yet in sight the prospect of kicking another ball in this season may be dwindling. Only yesterday Fifa's chief doctor Michel d'Hooghe warned against restarting the 2019-2020 season and to, if at all possible, avoid playing competitive football in the coming weeks. d'Hooghe stated the risk and potential consequences of returning to competitive action too early were too high and instead recommended leagues and clubs concentrate on planning to return for next season.
Across Europe the picture is mixed with the Bundesliga planning to return next month yet the Dutch top flight 2019-2020 season already consigned to history with no champions, promotion or relegation. On Tuesday the French government banned a return of sporting events, even those played behind closed doors, until September. The Ligue de Football Professional had hoped for a return on the 17th June but now both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons will not be restarted. It is not yet known whether the season will be abandoned completely with no champions, promotion or relegation or if the outcome based on current standings.
Uefa has said it will use sporting to determine which clubs make up next season's European club competitions and that could be the way in which the standings of many of Europe’s leagues are decided, including the Premier League and Championship. The most likely method for calculating this, should the clubs vote for it, would be using points per game, which would be great news for Leeds United and Liverpool supporters but a nightmare for Manchester United fans!
In the Premiership sixteen teams have nine games remaining, while Arsenal, Manchester City, Sheffield United and Aston Villa have ten left to play. If the points per game system were to be used Liverpool would be clear Champions with 2.83 points per game, ahead of Manchester City on 2.04 points per game. In the Championship, with every team having played 37 games, the table would remain unchanged. Leeds would be Champions and West Brom would be automatically promoted. Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham forest and Preston would make up the play-off places.
So, with Liverpool Champions of England and Leeds United Championship it is an almost nightmarish scenario of Manchester United fans. It’s only made worse by the fact the points per game system would put them fifth in the Premiership, out of the Champions League places behind Leicester and Chelsea. This could change of course if Manchester City’s ban is upheld, in which case they would sneak in, but it’s funnier to think of them missing out isn’t it?