Man United defeated Chelsea 4-1 to win tickets to next season’s Champions League. Here are 5 highlights after the match at Old Trafford.
1. Accomplish goals
Man United entered this match with the goal of 1 point, to win a place in the top 4 and a place in the Champions League. They did better than expected . The Red Devils will finish in third place in the Premier League if they win a win on the closing day against Fulham.
Erik ten Hag has reason to believe that it is necessary for a club of the size of Man United to enter the competition. He did too well in his first season in charge of the Red Devils. Besides the League Cup title, after what has been shown, coach Ten Hag’s teachers and students can aim for the second trophy, before the FA Cup final against Man City.
2. Big loss for Man United
Man United ‘s happy day was not complete when Antony was injured in the first half. It was an ankle injury that forced Antony off the field on a stretcher and it was difficult for the Brazilian star to return to the FA Cup final in 10 days. When asked about Antony’s condition, Ten Hag clarified it was a serious injury.
The former Ajax coach sent Marcus Rashford on from the bench and switched Jadon Sancho to the right. Man United played well, effective after that. Rashford – Martial – Sancho can be the three strikers of the Red Devils at Wembley.
3. Perfect duo
Christian Eriksen – Casemiro . couple has performed excellently this season and is the soul of Man United’s play. They combine well together in the midfield. They had a period of decline, but came back brilliantly today, helping the Reds dominate the midfield.
Eriksen played the role of assist for Casemiro to head the opener. It’s a combination we’ve seen many times this season. Not long after, Casemiro played a key role in Martial’s goal.
4. Rare bright spot of Chelsea
Chelsea are going through a miserable season, and Lewis Hall’s breakthrough is a rare bright spot. Banned from joining England’s Under-20 team for the ongoing World Cup in Argentina, the Blues academy graduate has had to wait patiently for his chance in the face of injuries to left-backs Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella.
Receiving a nod from Lampard for the third game in a row, Hall struggled continuously for the Red Devils defense with crosses and a powerful shot but was saved by De Gea. At just 18 years old, Hall has already shown his huge potential and has been described by Gary Neville as ‘really impressive’.
5. Marcus Rashford hits 30 goals
Rashford fell towards the end of the season and stuck with 29 goals this season. However, he eventually reached the 30-goal mark, with an 80th-minute strike from close range. This is the best scoring season of the English star’s career, far exceeding the 22 goals that the 25-year-old striker has ever achieved.
Rashford is the first Man United player to score 30 goals in a single season since Robin van Persie, and he has symbolized the transformation United have seen under Erik ten Hag.