Manchester United ended their season with a 2-0 away win at the King Power stadium on Sunday to finish third in the Premier League and clinched a place at next season’s Champions League. Leicester finished in 5th place and had to settle for qualifying for the Europa league next season.
Bruno Fernandes put United ahead with a penalty in the 71st-minute. While Jesse Lingard scored his first goal of the Premier League season when he came on as a substitute in injury-time to make it 2-0.
Leicester were the better side in the first-half as they had more possession of the ball. Youri Tielemans came close to opening the scoring, but his shot just went wide of the the post. After that Kasper Schmeichel saved a Marcus Rashford volley at the half-time mark.
Jamie Vardy’s header crashed off the woodwork 60 minutes into the match from a free-kick. Although overall the Foxes did play better than United its the goals that wins matches and this is what made the difference in this game.
The first goal that the home side conceded was when Hamza Choudhry lost possession in midfield, and Fernandes took the ball and released Anthony Martial with a great pass into the box and he was tripped by Jonny Evans. There was a VAR check to confirm that it was a penalty, and Fernandes made no mistake with his spot-kick as he sent Schemichel the wrong way.
Ex-United man Evans was then shown a straight red card in stoppage time for a dangerous tackle on substitute Scott McTominay. Schemichel then gifted the Red Devils a second goal when Lingard robbed him of the ball and went around him and slotted the ball into an empty net.
This is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first real significant achievement by leading the team into the Champions League next season. I have to give credit to him and his staff for making the team so successful in the second part of the season. Their long unbeaten run since post-covid-19 has been a wonderful testament of the great work that Solskjaer and his staff has done at the club.
I believe that because we qualified for the Champions League this will now help us to attract top players who never thought of coming to Manchester United before. I would like us now to go on and win the Europa League. We’re supposed to be the favourites and it would be the icing on the cake and a first title for Solskjaer if he wins it.
I give a lot of credit to the players who looked tired in the last three games of this season that they featured in. The Chelsea performance in the FA Cup was very poor and shocking and we didn’t play at our best in this game against Leicester today. But we grinded out the result which is one of the hallmarks of a team that is a true champion in football when things aren’t going well for a team.
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