Man Utd win sees Premier League top La Liga in UEFA rankings after nine years

Manchester United’s huge 6-2 win over Roma on Thursday night lifted the Premier League back to the top of the UEFA rankings for the first time in nine years.

The change means Spain’s La Liga drops down to second after a long run of dominating the coefficient table which ranks Europe’s leagues.

England and the Premier League now have a coefficient score of 98.997 after their strongest ever year in European competition.

With two clubs in the semi-finals of the Champions League and another two in the Europa League, Premier League clubs have now outperformed their Spanish counterparts in three of the last five seasons.

Of course, Real Madrid and Villarreal are still in the Champions League and the Europa League respectively – but even if they each win their competition, England will still reign supreme.

That is because the gap is due to increase when the rankings move on a season, leaving behind a poor year for English clubs and one of Spain’s strongest.

The score from English clubs this season could well eclipse the highest ever coefficient score for one campaign, previously set by La Liga in the 2015-16 when Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final, while Sevilla triumphed over Liverpool in the Europa League.

This will not affect either of the nation’s allocation for Champions League places, with the top four nations all secured four places each season.

The rise comes as five senior executives, all of clubs involved in the botched European Super League breakaway, have left their roles with the Premier League.

Arsenal's Vinai Venkatesham, Liverpool's Tom Werner and United's Ed Woodward are among the five senior officials to stand down from their current roles.

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Red Devils executive vice-chairman Woodward and Liverpool chairman Werner no longer work with the Club Broadcast Advisory Group.

While Chelsea chairman Bruce Buckave has left his post with the Premier League's Audit and Remuneration Committee.

Arsenal and Manchester City's chief executive officers Venkatesham and Ferran Soriano, meanwhile, no longer work with the top-flight's Club Strategic Advisory Group.

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