Manchester United can achieve their season objective with at least a point against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
All Erik ten Hag’s team need is a point to ensure Liverpool in 5th place behind them can’t catch them. Manchester United have been slightly up and down this season, but we may look back at the Dutchman’s first year in charge as highly successful.
Champions League qualification will have been their main aim this season. They’ve already won the League Cup and face Manchester City in the upcoming F.A Cup final.
City are a formidable opponent, but if they win that’s a domestic cup double for Manchester United. Playing in Europe’s premier competition and winning cups again – it looks like United finally have a competent manager.
There have been some notable losses and notable errors from the likes of David de Gea this season. However on the whole, United have looked assured of finishing 3rd or 4th all season.
When Marcus Rashford hit form around the middle of the season, they were even considered title contenders for a time.
In fact, it’s only the unexpected success of Arsenal and Newcastle stopping United from being the best of the rest. Considering they’ve done this with Wout Weghorst in the first team, they have a good platform to progress next season.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa need a win on the final day to secure 7th place and a spot in the Europa Conference League. They face Brighton whose Europa League status is already secured, so they can be confident.
The final question of the season is then who will be relegated. The Premier League futures of Everton, Leicester and Leeds goes down to the season’s final day with all three teams needing to win.