United qualify for Europa League

Sunday 22 May 2022 18:48

Manchester United have qualified for the Europa League by finishing in sixth place in the Premier League table.

The Reds were defeated 1-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on the final day of the season following a Wilfried Zaha strike, but secured a place in the group stage of a competition United won in 2017.

West Ham had been hoping to leapfrog United in the standings and would have felt in good spirits when they went a goal up at Brighton through Michail Antonio, but a spirited second half by the Seagulls saw the Hammers beaten 3-1, after goals from Joel Veltman, Pascal Gross and former Red Danny Welbeck.

United, therefore, finished the campaign on 58 points – two ahead of David Moyes’s side.

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"I think Brighton did us a favour to turn the game around," Ralf Rangnick admitted in his press conference. "They were losing 1-0 at half-time and scored three goals in the second half.

"We would have loved to take care of ourselves but, in a way, the game was indicative of the last couple of weeks, especially when we played away from home.

"We tried, we had big opportunities in the first half to score ourselves but we didn’t.

United join Arsenal in next term's Europa League, with Eintracht Frankfurt beating Rangers in this year's final to earn a place in the 2022/23 Champions League.

The draw for the group stages takes place on 26 August, with first pool fixtures on the road to the final in Budapest starting on 8 September.