EPL Review, Week 37: Manchester United Totally Outclass Chelsea As Brighton Clinch European Spot

Written By Onyeka Daniel

With the English Premier League winding down, several teams played their outstanding games from round 32 with recently crowned champions, Manchester City traveling away to play against Brighton while Manchester United played against Chelsea at the Old Trafford stadium.

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In the first game on the 24th, having already secured the title and with FA Cup final and UEFA champions league football final still to play for, Pep Guardiola did rotate his squad for this game, but not as heavily as in the 1-0 win over Chelsea at the weekend after Nottingham Forest’s win over Arsenal had secured them the title.


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City showed why they’re the defending Champions that retained their crowned as they went ahead in the 25th minute. Erling Haaland put the ball across the area and Phil Foden was able to slot the ball into an empty net to give them the lead.

The home side thought they had found the equalizer 6 minutes later but Mitoma Kaoru’s effort was ruled out by the VAR for handball. The Seagulls did get their equalizer in the 38th minute through Julio Enciso whose unstoppable shot went right into the top right corner, giving the goalkeeper no chance at all.

After that, both teams had several chances to get the winner especially in the second half with City coming the closest in the 79th minute. A great cross from Cole Palmer finds Erling Haaland who scored with a simple header into an empty net, but the goal was also ruled out by the VAR for a foul in the build up to the goal.

The game would eventually end 1-1. In the other game between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Old Trafford, the Blues continued with their woeful form as they were totally outclassed by the Red Devils, with the 4-1 scoreline not being a true reflection of the game, save for the heroics of Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.

He scored with a header from a free kick in the 8th minute. But after an initial scare, Referee Stuart Attwell points to the centre spot to indicate that the goal stands after the VAR review. Before the half time break, they doubled their lead to take a 2-0 lead into the half time break.

Jadon Sancho puts the ball across the area and Anthony Martial scores into an empty net. In the 73rd minute, it soon became 3-0. Bruno Fernandes fires a low shot into the net, giving goalkeeper no chance.

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Then, 5 minutes later, it was the turn of Marcus Rashford to find the back of the net ws he weaves his way past several defenders and finds himself in a one-on-one with the keeper. His dummy throws the keeper off balance and he simply puts the ball into the back of net to make it 4-0.

Chelsea managed to get their consolation goal through Joao Felix in the 89th minute to end the game at 4-1. With Manchester City and Arsenal assured of the first two positions on the table, Manchester United and Newcastle United will have to fight it out for the 3rd and 4th position with just two points separating them going into the final game of the season this weekend.

At the bottom of the table, Southampton’s relegation has been confirmed while Everton (17th), Leicester city (18th) and Leeds United (19th) while fight it out for the last remaining spot to stay in the EPL for next season.

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