In an alternative universe, a Newcastle United owned by Sheikh Mansour reached the Champions League final last night.
In reality, it was Manchester City. They beat PSG in the snow, booking their place in the 2021 final.
It was a classy performance from Pep Guardiola’s side, despite PSG’s attempts to kick their opponents off the park.
They will play Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final, as the club look to win the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Ever since Sheikh Mansour bought Man City in 2008, the landscape of English football has changed.
They are on the brink of their fifth Premier League title. They’ve also won two FA Cups and six League Cups.
The only honour that has alluded them has been the Champions League. But they will have the chance to get their hands on it on May 29th in Istanbul.
But could it have been Newcastle experiencing this success?
Man City owner reportedly considered buying Newcastle
According to the Shields Gazette, Sheikh Mansour considered buying Newcastle United before purchasing Manchester City.
However, they report that Mike Ashley proved to be a difficult seller.
Fast forward 13 years, and Manchester City are one game away from becoming champions of Europe.
As for Newcastle, they’re a club that considers Premier League survival as success.
The Magpies have been relegated twice under Ashley, and they still aren’t safe this season.
Meanwhile, Manchester City have some of the best players in the world being coached by arguably the best manager around.
It’s easy to wonder what Newcastle United would look like had they been taken over in years gone by.
Fans long for a club that isn’t owned by Ashley, watching takeover saga after takeover saga pass by.
But seeing Manchester City become one of the biggest clubs in the world thanks to a takeover that reportedly could have been Newcastle’s is a bitter pill to swallow.