Manchester United and Chelsea confirmed their participation in next season’s Champions League after wins over Leicester City and Wolves respectively on the final day of the Premier League season.
Entering the final day in third, United needed to avoid defeat at fifth-placed Leicester, while Chelsea, in fourth, required a similar outcome at home against Wolves.
In the end, it turned out to be quite comfortable as United clinched a 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium, while Chelsea secured a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge thanks to quick-fire goals by Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud just before halftime.
Bruno Fernandes scored the all-important goal for United, slotting home from the penalty spot in the 71st minute.
Manchester United, Leicester, and Chelsea all went into Sunday’s kick-offs contesting the final two Champions League spots.
The latter needed just a point from their final game to secure one of those places, and they made short work of it with a 2-0 win over Wolves.
Only a win was going to be enough for Brendan Rodgers’ injury-hit Leicester team as they went up against Manchester United who needed only one point.
But the Red Devils took all three as well as third place, thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ penalty and Jesse Lingard’s late goal in their 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium.
Champions League places: Liverpool (Champions), Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea.
Harry Kane was Tottenham’s hero once more as he scored in their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.
After Wolves’ defeat at Chelsea, the point brought Spurs level with their rivals for sixth, but José Mourinho’s team edged it on goal difference and guarantee themselves a place in next season’s Europa League.
Wolves will need Chelsea to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final to take the seventh European qualification spot.
Sixth place: Tottenham
Bournemouth needed to win against Everton to pull off an unlikely escape – but they also needed Aston Villa and Watford to lose.
The latter did just that, beaten 3-2 by Arsenal. But Villa tore up the script as local boy Jack Grealish scored the only goal of the match late on in a 1-0 win at West Ham, securing his team’s Premier League status in the process.
Making Bournemouth’s 3-1 win at Everton meaningless.
Relegated: Bournemouth, Watford, Norwich.