Man United secures Champions League return with 4-1 rout of Chelsea

by | May 25, 2023 | Sports

MANCHESTER, England — It has not always gone smoothly for Erik ten Hag in his first year in charge at Manchester United.There is still much work to be done if the 20-time league champion is to be restored to its former glories.But on Thursday night, in front of a packed Old Trafford, Ten Hag achieved what he called his “main objective” of securing a return to the Champions League with a 4-1 win against Chelsea.“It is a successful season but the season is not finished,” he said. “This club belongs in the Champions League so you have to qualify in the first four. We played a good season in the Premier League. I think a very good season.”Goals from Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford fired United to a victory that means a top-four finish is now certain. United moved up to third and two points above Newcastle going into the season finale.It could get better still for Ten Hag, who has already lifted his first trophy — the League Cup in February. United faces Manchester City in the FA Cup final on June 3 at Wembley.While silverware adds sparkle to an encouraging debut season under the Dutch coach, qualification for the Champions League has been the ultimate measure b …

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