Man Utd clinch vital Champions League spot as Bournemouth and Watford relegated on dramatic last day of Prem season


MANCHESTER UNITED clinched a vital Champions League spot while Bournemouth and Watford were relegated on a thrilling final day of the season.

Bruno Fernandes showed nerves of steel to score from the spot in the 71st minute against Leicester in a game worth £80million before Jesse Lingard also netted late on.

Brendan Rodgers’ side had been in the top four since December – and Jamie Vardy wins the Golden Boot with 23 goals this season.

Dean Smith’s battlers played out a 1-1 draw away at West Ham to survive the drop by a single point.

Jack Grealish – who could have played his final game for the Villans with Man Utd interested – netted in the 84th minute before Andriy Yarmolenko equalised a minute later to set up a nervy finish.

Chelsea saw off Wolves 2-0 to secure fourth and Champions League football after a wonderful free-kick from Mason Mount which was backed-up minutes later by Olivier Giroud.

But Norwich, Bournemouth – who hammered Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park – and Watford – who gave Arsenal a real fright in a 3-2 defeat at the Emirates – all drop down to the Championship.

Harry Kane’s goal in Spurs’ 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace was good enough to secure sixth and a Europa League spot next season for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Mourinho looked delighted on the sidelines as he celebrated the result with his backroom team.

Mourinho celebrating qualifying for the Europa Legaue and finishing 6th. How the mighty has fallen

Champions Liverpool went behind to Newcastle but Jurgen Klopp’s second-string fought back through Virgil Van Dijk, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane to end up on 99 points after a 3-1 win.

Newcastle’s goal was freakishly quick with Dwight Gayle scoring after just 25 seconds – so quick the cameras missed it.

Second-placed Man City routed the already-relegated Canaries 5-0 thanks to a masterclass from Kevin De Bruyne.

Pep Guardiola’s side, who finished 18 points behind Liverpool, gave David Silva a dream Premier League send-off.

Gabriel Jesus netted in the 11th minute before De Bruyne scored either side of goals from Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez.

Southampton came from behind to beat Sheffield United 3-1 while Brighton saw off Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.


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