Arsenal took control of the battle to finish in the Premier League top four with a 3-1 win over Manchester United to all but end the Red Devils’ hopes of Champions League football next season.
Nuno Tavares, Bukayo Saka, and Granit Xhaka struck for Mikel Arteta’s men to move them three points clear of Tottenham, who face Brentford later on Saturday.
Sixth-placed United are six points adrift of the top four and could miss out on European football completely next season.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 22nd goal of the season on his return to the United side after missing Tuesday’s 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool due to the death of his newborn son.
However, Ronaldo will regret letting Bruno Fernandes take a second-half penalty with the game finely poised at 2-1 to the Gunners.
Interim United boss Ralf Rangnick described his side’s display at Anfield as “humiliating” and “embarrassing”.
United reacted to that defeat by formalizing the appointment of Ajax boss Erik ten Hag as the man to take charge at Old Trafford from next season.
However, the Dutchman will not have been impressed by another shambolic start from the side he will inherit.
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