Troubled Man Utd keep alive European hopes with win over

Troubled Man Utd keep alive European hopes with win over
Troubled Man Utd keep alive European hopes with win over Newcastle

LONDON: Manchester United kept alive their hopes of salvaging a dismal season by qualifying for Europe as Amad Diallo’s rocket inspired a 3-2 win against on Wednesday (May 15).

’s side are battling to secure a seventh place finish in the Premier League, which could secure a place in next season’s UEFA Conference League.

United will qualify for the Europa League if they win the final against on May 25.

But if City triumph at Wembley then seventh will be enough for a Conference League spot.

And eighth-placed United are still in the hunt for that place after beating Newcastle to move level on points with the seventh-placed Magpies.

Goals from Kobbie Mainoo, Diallo and Rasmus Hojlund at Old Trafford gave United only their third win in nine league games.

However, United’s goal difference is vastly inferior to Newcastle’s, meaning they must better the Magpies’ result in the last game of the season.

United travel to Brighton on Sunday, while Newcastle head to Brentford.

Newcastle’s defeat means fifth-placed Tottenham are guaranteed to be in the Europa League next season.

Sixth-placed Chelsea won 2-1 at Brighton in Wednesday’s other game to move closer to European qualification after a turbulent campaign.

United embarked on a sheepish ‘lap of honor’ after their final home game of the season.

And, while it has hardly been a campaign to celebrate, this was a much-needed result as Ten Hag fights to avoid the sack at the end of a season that ranks as one of United’s worst in the Premier League era.

United’s first half dominance was rewarded in the 31st minute when Diallo’s deflected pass found Mainoo completely unmarked thanks to Kieran Trippier’s sloppy marking.

The teenage midfielder looked shocked he had so much time and space as he picked his spot with a low finish from 12 yards.

Much-maligned for his shaky displays at center-back recently, Casemiro came to United’s rescue as the Brazilian midfielder declared Dan Burn’s header off the line just inches before he crossed.

It was a warning United failed to heed as Newcastle drew level in the 49th minute.

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