Manchester United lose to Cardiff City, Spurs sign off with Everton draw

Tom McGowanDeputy Head of Sport
Yahoo Sport UK

Manchester United ended the Premier League season with a humbling 2-0 defeat to already-relegated Cardiff City at Old Trafford.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing converted a first-half penalty before finding the net again after the break.

It was the latest disappointing result for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United, who finished in sixth place and will have to settle for Europa League football next season.

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Nathaniel Mendez-Laing celebrates scoring his second goal. (Credit: Getty Images)
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing celebrates scoring his second goal. (Credit: Getty Images)

In contrast, Tottenham Hotspur are preparing for a first ever Champions League final against Liverpool on June 1. Spurs final match before the showdown in Madrid was a 2-2 draw with Everton.

Eric Dier gave Mauricio Pochettino’s team the perfect start, reacting well to score from a corner after three minutes.

Former Arsenal man Theo Walcott equalised with just over 20 minutes remaining before Cenk Tosun put the visitors ahead three minutes later.

Christian Eriksen ensured a point for Spurs, who occupy the fourth and final qualifying place for next season’s Champions League, with a fine free-kick.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a share of the Golden Boot with a brace for Arsenal in a 3-1 victory at Burnley.

After a goalless first half, Aubameyang scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season in the space of 10 minutes to put Arsenal in control.

Ashley Barnes pulled one back for the hosts but young striker Eddie Nketiah scored a third for Arsenal with the final kick of the game. Unai Emery can now focus on getting his players ready for the Europa League final on May 29th.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished the season with 22 Premier League goals. (Credit: Getty Images)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished the season with 22 Premier League goals. (Credit: Getty Images)

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Chelsea await Arsenal in Baku. Maurizio Sarri’s team finished the season in third place and played out a goalless draw at Leicester City.

Goals were not in short supply at Selhurst Park, where Crystal Palace saw off Bournemouth 5-3 in a thriller.

In the final game of his loan spell from Chelsea, Michy Batshuayi bagged a brace before Jack Simpson’s own goal put Palace 3-0 up after just 37 minutes.

Jefferson Lerma’s fine strike got Bournemouth on the scoresheet and Jordan Ibe brought Eddie Howe’s men right back into it with over half an hour remaining.

Patrick van Aanholt restored Palace’s cushion but Josh King hit back to make it 4-3. Andros Townsend made sure Roy Hodgson’s team signed off in style with the fifth and final goal.

Patrick van Aanholt was on the scoresheet in a thriller between Crystal Palace and Bournemouth. (Credit: Getty Images)
Patrick van Aanholt was on the scoresheet in a thriller between Crystal Palace and Bournemouth. (Credit: Getty Images)

Newcastle United also finished with a flourish, thrashing Fulham 4-0 at Craven Cottage. Jonjo Shelvey scored his first goal for over a year and Ayoze Perez pounced to put the Magpies two up within 11 minutes.

It was a straightforward success for Rafael Benitez, sealed in the second half with goals from Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon.

Watford are all that stands between Manchester City and an unprecedented treble in next weekend’s FA Cup final. The Hornets warmed up for the Wembley showpiece with a heavy 4-1 loss to West Ham United.

An excellent goal from Mark Noble and a Manuel Lanzini header put the Hammers in control at Vicarage Road.

Gerard Deulofeu got the home team going with a goal 11 seconds into the second half but their momentum was checked by the sending off a Jose Holebas for tugging back Michail Antonio.

Marko Arnautovic made it 3-1 before Noble completed the scoring from the penalty spot.

Mark Noble set West Ham United on the way at Vicarage Road. (Credit: Getty Images)
Mark Noble set West Ham United on the way at Vicarage Road. (Credit: Getty Images)

Huddersfield rescued a 1-1 draw away to Southampton in their final Premier League game.

Nathan Redmond put the Saints ahead with a fantastic strike but Alex Pritchard levelled in the second half.


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