At the cost of Liverpool, who will finish fifth, Manchester United defeated Chelsea 4-1 on Thursday night at Old Trafford to secure their place in the Champions League for the upcoming season.
After assisting Manchester United in earning the final spot in the Champions League for the upcoming season, Bruno Fernandes was content to take pleasure in Liverpool’s misfortune.
On Thursday night at Old Trafford, United defeated a terrible Chelsea team 4-1 with ease thanks to a goal from Fernandes. With 72 points after the victory, they are certain of a top-four finish no matter what happens on Sunday, the season’s last day.
After Casemiro headed home a free kick from Christian Eriksen, Anthony Martial added a cross from Jadon Sancho to make it 2-0 at the break. Wesley Fofana tripped Fernandes, who scored the penalty after Marcus Rashford put in a rebound, and Joao Felix added a late consolation.
Going into their final match against Fulham this weekend, United sit third, two points ahead of Newcastle, while Liverpool, who finished fifth, will compete in the Europa League the following year. Although Fernandes said his attention was on his own team, he did concede that keeping Liverpool out of Europe’s top tournament made things better.
“We know that means a lot, for us it’s about getting our goals completed so we did,” he said to Sky Sports. Naturally, we were aware that the supporters would be pleased if Liverpool did not attend, but for us, it is more important to take care of our own needs than those of others.
Mohamed Salah, a forward for Liverpool, drove home the point in an emotional tweet he sent following the United victory. “I’m completely devastated,” he wrote. There is no justification at all for this. We had everything we had to qualify for the Champions League the next year, but we fell short.
“We are Liverpool, and entering the competition is the very least we can do. Sorry, but it’s too soon for a motivational or upbeat post. We failed both you and ourselves.
When they take on Manchester City in the FA Cup final on June 3, United, who has already won the Carabao Cup this season, will have the opportunity to add another trophy to their collection. Although Fernandes admits United are not yet thrilled, they are pleased with their Champions League spot.
It’s decent, but we want more, he remarked, so it’s not perfect. “For what we did this season, it’s amazing – after determining we couldn’t compete for the Premier League, our goal was to win one trophy and finish in the top four. Now, the focus is on finishing strong, winning the FA Cup, and moving on.
For United, it wasn’t all good news because Antony was hurt in the first half. After being tripped up by Trevoh Chalobah in the first half, the Brazilian winger had to be carried off by a stretcher.