Man United defeated Chelsea 4-1 to earn tickets to the Champions League for the upcoming season. The following are five highlights from the game at Old Trafford.
1. Achieve the objective
Man United came into this game hoping to earn one point, secure a spot in the top four, and qualify for the Champions League. They outperformed expectations. If Manchester United defeats Fulham on the last day of the season, they will finish third in the Premier League.
Erik ten Hag has good reason to think that a club the magnitude of Man United must participate in the competition. In his debut season in charge of the Red Devils, he did too well. After what has been demonstrated, Coach Ten Hag’s teachers and students can seek for a second trophy, before playing Man City in the FA Cup final.
2. Serious setback for Man United
When Antony suffered an injury in the first half, Man United’s joyous day was not entirely over. It was challenging for the Brazilian great to return to the FA Cup final in 10 days after being carted off the pitch due to an ankle injury. Ten Hag made it clear that Antony had a significant injury when asked about his status.
Jadon Sancho was moved to the right and Marcus Rashford was introduced off the bench by the former Ajax boss. Man United performed well and then finished strong. At Wembley, the three strikers for the Red Devils may be Rashford, Martial, and Sancho.
3. The ideal pair
The heart and soul of Manchester United’s play this season has been the duo of Christian Eriksen and Casemiro. They play well together in the middle of the field. Their performance today helped the Reds dominate the midfield after a period of decline.
Eriksen assisted Casemiro in heading the opening goal. This season, we’ve seen this combination a lot. Shortly after, Casemiro was crucial to Martial’s success.
4. One of Chelsea’s few bright spots
Lewis Hall’s breakout is a lone bright point for Chelsea throughout their terrible season. Since Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella’s ailments prevented them from traveling to Argentina for the current World Cup, the Blues academy graduate had to wait patiently for his moment.
Hall, who was selected by Lampard for the third straight game, consistently battled for the Red Devils defense with crosses and a potent shot that De Gea stopped. Hall, who is only 18 years old, has already demonstrated his enormous potential and has been dubbed “really impressive” by Gary Neville.
5. 30 goals are scored by Marcus Rashford
Rashford dropped at the end of the campaign but managed to score 29 goals this year. He eventually passed the 30-goal threshold, though, with a close-range goal in the 80th minute. The 25-year-old English striker is having his finest scoring season ever, considerably exceeding his previous high of 22 goals.
Rashford has come to represent the change Erik ten Hag has brought about at Manchester United. He is the first player to score 30 goals in a single season since Robin van Persie.