Due to Sir Jim Ratcliffe's involvement in both Manchester United and Nice, the Red Devils could get expelled from the Europa League.

INEOS, the company founded and run by Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, have issued an official statement amid fears Manchester United could be kicked out of the Europa League due to UEFA's multi-club ownership rules.

Despite finishing eighth in the Premier League, the Red Devils secured qualification for Europe's second-tier club competition thanks to their impressive 2-1 victory over rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

However, this poses a problem for the English giants. Nice, who are owned by Ratcliffe's INEOS, also qualified for the Europa League after finishing fifth in Ligue 1. With UEFA rules stating that two clubs owned by the same individual(s) or entity cannot compete in the same competition, many fear Manchester United could get demoted from the UEL.

With that in mind, Ratcliffe and Co. have moved to calm the fears of Manchester United fans through an official statement, revealing that they are convinced both teams will be allowed to participate in this competition.

"We are aware of the position of the two clubs and we are in direct dialogue with UEFA," the statement read, as per the Sun.

"We are convinced that we have a solution for next season in Europe."

While Sir Jim Ratcliffe acquired his 25% stake in Manchester United through Trawlers Ltd, a company he wholly owns, the British billionaire is the main man behind both Trawlers Ltd and INEOS, thus leading to concerns over a conflict of interest.

As stated in article 5.01 b. of the Uefa regulations, titled "integrity of the competition / multi-club ownership", no individual "may simultaneously be involved, either directly or indirectly, in any capacity whatsoever in the management, administration and/or sporting performance of more than one club participating in a UEFA club competition."

Under the previous ruled, had Ten Hag's side failed this criteria, they would have been kicked out of Europe altogether. However, the club would merely be demoted to the UEFA Europa Conference League in this instance given Nice's higher league position.

One thing should be noted: Ratcliffe is a minority stakeholder. For the multi-club ownership rule to take effect, one must own 30 percent or more of both clubs. However, this does not mean Manchester United are completely out of the woods.

Ratcliffe has reportedly committed to investing over $300M in infrastructure which would take his stake in the team over that 30% threshold. 

This is just one of many concerns facing the 20-time English champions. The FA Cup holders are also on the hunt for a new manager, with Erik ten Hag reportedly set to be sacked. Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Frank, and -- more recently -- Roberto de Zerbi have all been linked with the Old Trafford job.