Manchester City have all but sealed fourth place in the Premier League and a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw with Swansea City in South Wales on Sunday afternoon.
Having gifted the initiative to Manchester United after their 2-2 draw with Arsenal last weekend, City were gifted a lifeline of their own as United’s 3-2 loss away to West Ham United in midweek left qualification for the top four back in their hands. The draw in Swansea means that United can still finish equal on 66 points with City should they beat Bournemouth in their rearranged fixture, but would need to win 19-0 in order to overhaul City’s vastly superior goal difference.
A point at home to the Cherries would seal 5th ahead of Southampton for Louis van Gaal’s side, but the prospect of Europa League football at the Theatre of Dreams next season has become a reality after United’s deeply disappointing season reached its latest nadir.
United would do well to register at least a point in their final Premier League match, with a 6th placed finish meaning entry into the Europa League’s qualifying rounds in late July as opposed to entry into the group stages.