Manchester United confirmed their place in the top four with a 2-0 win over Leicester City, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finish third in the Premier League.
In a final-day shootout with Brendan Rodgers’ side at the King Power Stadium, where the winners would guarantee Champions League football next season, nerves were on show until Bruno Fernandes settled the visitors down from the penalty spot (71) after Anthony Martial was taken down by Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan.
The penalty was United’s 20th of the season and their 14th in the Premier League – a new record.
Evans was shown a red card in injury-time for a dangerous tackle on Scott McTominay before Jesse Lingard broke his duck for the season (90+6) with the final kick of the game, taking advantage of a terrible error from Kasper Schmeichel.
Jamie Vardy, who won the Golden Boot with 23 goals, hit the woodwork for the hosts at 0-0 but ultimately their season fizzed out after taking just two points from the last 21 available.
Leicester had been in the top four for 298 days until dropping to fifth in midweek as a sharp decline in form since the resumption put paid to their Champions League dream. It is the Europa League for them.
More to follow…
Manchester United still have a Europa League campaign to negotiate with their second-leg clash with LASK on Wednesday August 5.
The 2020/21 Premier League season kicks off on September 12, and will run until May 23. The EFL has confirmed the Championship season will commence on the same weekend, with their regular seasons ending on the weekend of May 8.
Premier League clubs have voted for the summer transfer window to open the day after the 2019/20 season ends – on Monday July 27 – and run for 10 weeks.
Source : Sky Sports