Manchester United clinched third spot in the Premier League and qualification for next season’s Champions League with a 2-0 win over Leicester City thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard.
At the other end of the city of Leicester, Chelsea’s 2-0 lead at Wolves meant that only one of these teams was going to make it into the top four next season but there was a surprisingly lack of urgency from both sides.
After the thrilling showdown United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was elated by the performance of the of his lads. He said
“It’s a wonderful achievement from the boys. The game wasn’t a classic but it doesn’t matter really. It’s been like a mini-tournament since the restart, and it shows: we’re a bit tired, leggy, and I think everyone can see we’re not the same as we were early on. But we had to go for it, and now they’ve done it.
“These boys are looking more and more like a Man United team – the Man United way. You play with no fear, you go for it. Today we could have sat back and played for a draw but that’s not in the DNA of the club. Just go for it.
“Qualifying for the Champions League means better opposition and bigger games next year. We need to step it up, definitely, because we can’t rest players like we could in the Europa League. We need to get fitter, stronger and more robust.
“The club know what I feel we need [in the transfer market], and we’re going to pursue it. Let’s see where we end up.”
With this result, Premier League giants, United will compete in the UEFA Champions League in the 2020/21 season after picking a spot on the top four of the league table.