By stretching, in Leicester, its unbeaten streak to 14 matches in the Premier League, Manchester United has logically won one of the four qualifying places for the next Champions League.
In this decisive meeting counting for the 38th and final day of the Premier League, the Red Devils won (2-0) in the Midlands, thus finishing in 3rd position, ahead (on goal difference) Chelsea, who beat Wolverhampton (2-0).
Leicester in the Europa League
For their part, the Foxes collapsed at the end of the season, since they left the Top 4 to which they belonged since September after a heavy defeat at Tottenham (0-3), a week earlier, they did not manage to pass their shoulders during this final outing. They finish 5th, which still gives them the Europa League.
For a long time, this meeting was soporific, timidly dominated by Mancuniens, but punctuated by bad choices and technical inaccuracies. Only Marcus Rashford managed to shake Kasper Schmeichel (45th + 2). It took Chelsea’s two goals, separated by 133 seconds, in added time for the first half, for Leicester to decide, forced, to pick up the pace. After the break, then.
Martial gets a penalty
Thus, Jamie Vardy found, with a returned head, the square of the goal of David de Gea (60th). But it was Manchester who countered and who scored. While Anthony Martial had escaped for the first time, taken over by James Justin (47th), the Frenchman, unbalanced by both Wes Morgan and Jonny Evans (68th), obtained a penalty, transformed by Bruno Fernandes (71st) .
Leicester pushed, to no avail. But Demarai Gray did not frame 82nd) and the last minutes of an increasingly choppy game (direct exclusion of Evans, 90th + 4) did not allow the Foxes to hope. On the contrary, it is Jessy Lingard (90th + 8) who validated this verdict. Cruel to the men of Brendan Rodgers. But not illogical, either, with such a poorly mastered finish.