Fri 26 May 2023 9:20 am - Jerusalem Time
England Championship: Manchester United decides to qualify for the Champions League, with a heavy victory over Chelsea
Manchester United ensured its return to participate in the European Football Champions League next season, after its victory over the injured Chelsea 4-1 in a postponed match from the 32nd stage of the English Premier League, Thursday, at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils team needed one point to confirm its qualification to the Champions League, accompanied by Manchester City, Arsenal and Newcastle. Indeed, its three points contributed to its advancement to third place with 72 points, ahead of Newcastle IV (70).
United ended any remaining hopes for Liverpool to qualify for the European competition, the mother of the season, as the Reds trailed it by six points in fifth place, one stage from the end.
Dutch coach Eric Ten Hag's team made a rocket start after Brazilian Casemiro opened the scoring (6), before Frenchman Anthony Martial doubled his team's lead before the two-half break (45 + 5). Portuguese Bruno Fernandes increased his team's yield with a third goal (73 penalty kicks), before substitute Marcus Rashford concluded United's goal festival (78). The goal for Chelsea was scored by the Portuguese orphan Joao Felix (89).
Chelsea is facing a difficult season, as it presents its worst performance since the 1993-94 season, when the Premier League finished in fourteenth place. The Blues are in twelfth place with 43 points.
And while United entered the meeting after beating Bournemouth 1-0 in the 37th stage, Chelsea, led by former player Frank Lampard, was suffering another loss against City, who was crowned champions of the English Premier League, 1-0.
And United can celebrate the return to participate in the Champions League, which it missed this season, in favor of its participation in the Europa League competition, which it left in the quarter-finals with a disappointing loss to Seville.
The international gave Casemiro the best possible start in favor of the hosts when he followed the Danish Christian Eriksen's ball from a free kick with his head into the goal (6).
The Brazilian United player Anthony suffered an injury, as a result of which he had to leave the field, being carried, to be replaced by Marcus Rashford (29).
Despite Manchester's progress, Chelsea got more than one golden opportunity to equalize the score, as German Kai Havertz missed a golden opportunity to score a header after a cross from Hull, but it went by the goal (32).
And with Chelsea continuing his pressure, the knockout came with a second goal for United before the two-half break, when Casemiro passed a wonderful ball from the outskirts of the area and reached the Englishman Gaydon Sancho, who returned and passed it on a silver plate to Martial, who easily followed it into the goal (45 + 5).
Despite Chelsea's control of possession in several periods of the second half, United managed to reach their goal better, and Portuguese Bruno Fernandes scored a third goal from a penalty kick after he was blocked by Frenchman Wesley Fofana (73).
Rashford increased the pain of the London team with a heavy fourth goal, after he dodged the Chelsea defense before he blocked his first attempt, Chelsea goalkeeper Kiba Arrizabalaga, but he easily managed to score the net in the second attempt (78).
Felix scored an honorable goal for Chelsea after he advanced from the middle of the field at high speed and settled the ball to the right of Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea (89).