Man United beat Chelsea to seal Champions League spot


Manchester United moved up to third and secured their place in next season’s Champions League with a 4-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford.

United dominated from the start with an early Casemiro header, six minutes into the game before Anthony Martial added a second from close range in first-half stoppage time.

Chelsea could not handle the pressure at Old Trafford and gave away a penalty after Wesley Fofana fouled Bruno Fernandez who then converted the third for United.

Another Fofana error saw Marcus Rashford score the fourth goal, before Joao Felix’s late consolation for the Blues, who suffered their eighth defeat in 10 games under Frank Lampard and their 16th overall in a desperate campaign.

Manager Erik ten Hag was happy with the team’s achievement but the Dutchman believes they need to strengthen the team to make the progress he demands.

“This club belongs in the Champions League,” Ten Hag said.

“Finishing in the top four was the main objective. The competition is tough, there are many teams with really good squads, good managers and high budgets.

“For this moment it is the maximum but we want more and I don’t have a lot of patience. Standards have to go up. Manchester City are playing outstanding football but we have a way to go.”

Manchester United play Fulham in their Final Premier League match on Sunday then take on Manchester City in their FA Cup final a week later.


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