Manchester United shall be again within the UEFA Champions League subsequent season after they confirmed a top-four end with a 4-1 win over Chelsea at Outdated Trafford.
It takes Man Utd forward of Newcastle United into third place, six factors above fifth-placed Liverpool who now know they are going to be within the UEFA Europa League in 2023/24.
See: Which groups can qualify for UEFA European competitions?
Man Utd wanted solely a degree to verify a top-four end however their activity was practically made tough 4 minutes in when Mykhailo Mudryk missed a giant likelihood to attain, fluffing his traces from Lewis Corridor’s cross.
Mudryk was certainly one of three adjustments to an XI that, at 23 years and 238 days, was Chelsea’s youngest common beginning line-up in a Premier League match.
That missed likelihood instantly got here again to chunk Chelsea, who simply two minutes later fell behind to Casemiro’s header from Christian Eriksen’s large free-kick. It means Casemiro has scored in back-to-back matches, and has discovered the web in each of his Premier League conferences with Chelsea.
Chelsea then wasted two extra huge probabilities, Kai Havertz heading large from an an identical place to Mudryk earlier than Conor Gallagher missed the goal after being performed in by Enzo Fernandez. And once more they have been made to pay.
In first-half stoppage time, Casemiro performed a elegant no-look go to Jadon Sancho, who squared the ball for Anthony Martial to faucet in. Martial has now been straight concerned in six objectives in his final 5 begins in opposition to Chelsea.
The bitter word of the primary half for Man Utd was Antony being taken off on a stretcher with an obvious ankle damage simply 9 days earlier than their FA Cup remaining in opposition to Manchester Metropolis. Luke Shaw was additionally taken off at half-time.
See: Ten Hag on Antony and Shaw accidents
The second half continued in end-to-end trend, with Bruno Fernandes smashing in opposition to the woodwork and David De Gea saving from Corridor, the 18-year-old left-back who was certainly one of few brilliant sparks for Chelsea.
Any Man Utd nerves have been put apart within the area of 5 second-half minutes, when Fernandes received and scored a penalty, given away by Wesley Fofana, earlier than substitute Marcus Rashford struck his first purpose since 27 April, capitalising on a Chelsea mistake.
It makes Rashford the primary Man Utd participant to attain 30 objectives in a season in all competitions since Robin van Persie in 2012/13, and the primary to internet 20 at Outdated Trafford since Wayne Rooney in 2009/10.
Chelsea did get a comfort purpose within the 89th minute, ending Man Utd’s run of six residence matches with out conceding when two substitutes mixed, Joao Felix accumulating Hakim Ziyech’s go and advancing to attain.
Chelsea stay in twelfth, on 43 factors, assured to complete the season with their lowest-ever Premier League factors tally.
In extending their unbeaten run in opposition to Chelsea to a club-record 11 Premier League matches, Man Utd transfer on to 72 factors and can affirm a third-place end with a house win over Fulham on the ultimate day.
Closing day on Sunday!
Premier League motion returns for one final time on Sunday as 2022/23 involves a detailed with 10 matches all kicking off at 16:30 BST.
All eyes shall be on the underside of the desk as we discover out who will comply with Southampton in being relegated.
Everton, Leicester Metropolis and Leeds United all have residence matches however solely certainly one of them can keep up, with Everton the one one of many three with their future in their very own fingers.
See: Relegation battle: What every membership want