Manchester United is back in the Champions League.
Manchester United cruised to a 4-1 victory over Chelsea in the 37th round of the 2022-23 English Premier League (EPL) season at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, on Saturday (Aug. 26). With the win, the Red Devils, with 72 points, opened up a six-point gap on fifth-place Liverpool (66 points) and secured at least fourth place. They have one game remaining.
Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandez, Anthony, Christian Eriksen, Casemiro, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and David de Gea started for United.
United opened the scoring in the sixth minute. Eriksen’s free-kick cross was met by Casemiro, who rattled the Chelsea net with a header. In first-half stoppage time, Casemiro, Sancho, and Marcial combined to add another. Casemiro’s through ball was met by Sancho, who laid in a ground-ball cross for Marcial to rush into the center of the box and head home United’s second goal 안전놀이터.
In the 28th minute, Bruno added a third from the penalty spot (PK). Five minutes later, Rashford capitalized on a mistake in the Chelsea defense to score the team’s fourth goal. United conceded a late goal from Joao Felix in the 44th minute to finish the game 4-1.
United will be playing in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) for the first time in two years. United finished sixth in the league last season and competed in the Europa League instead of the Champions League. In the Europa League, they defeated FC Barcelona in the round of 16 and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Sevilla in an early exit.
Two years ago, they finished second in the league behind Manchester City. Having qualified for the Champions League in three of the last five seasons, United once again finished in the top four and qualified for the Champions League. This has had a positive impact on the club’s ability to sign players in the summer transfer window.
United, along with Man City, Arsenal, and Newcastle, will play in the Champions League next season. They will be followed by Liverpool and Brighton in the Europa League. Aston Villa and Tottenham finished seventh and eighth, respectively.