Jesse Lingard celebrates.

Talking points from the King Power Stadium

Sunday 26 July 2020 18:36

Manchester United secured a third-placed finish in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory on the final day over top-four rivals Leicester City.

Bruno Fernandes netted the first from the penalty spot, after Anthony Martial under the challenges of Wes Morgan and former Red Jonny Evans.

Evans, who was booked for the foul on Martial, then received a straight red for a poor tackle on Scott McTominay in the closing stages, before Jesse Lingard added a second in the dying moments by punishing a mistake by Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester 0 United 2


Two second-half goals at the King Power Stadium secured our place in the Champions League for next season.

Here are the top talking points from a dramatic final day…


The Reds knew we would be guaranteed a place in Europe’s top competition if we avoided defeat against Brendan Rodgers’s side. Not wanting to leave it to chance, United went for the win and that result cost our hosts a place in the Champions League as Chelsea rounded off the top four with a 2-0 victory against Wolves at Stamford Bridge. Tottenham secured a Europa League spot with a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.


Since the home defeat to Burnley in January, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have now gone 14 Premier League games unbeaten, a run which helped propel the Reds into third place. Throughout that spell, United have won nine matches and drawn five – keeping nine clean sheets in the process.


Since making his debut in February, Bruno has had a huge impact, being key in United’s unbeaten league run. In that time, the Portuguese midfielder has been directly involved in more goals in the Premier League than any other player, netting eight times and assisting seven. He remains unbeaten in the competition since arriving in England.

Jesse Lingard's goal was his first in the league since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first game in charge, against Cardiff City, but he did find the net with a cracker in the Europa League game at Astana last year and at Tranmere Rovers in the Emirates FA Cup. The substitute netted the final goal of the entire Premier League campaign when capitalising on a mistake by Kasper Schmeichel.


By completing the 90 minutes on his return to the King Power Stadium, Harry Maguire made it a full house in the Premier League for the season – having played every minute of the competition. Our ever-present captain also became this first outfield player for the Reds to start every match of a league season since Gary Pallister in 1994/95. Jonny Evans may not have finished the game but he was in every one of the Foxes' XIs in the league too.

Harry Maguire played in every minute of the Premier League for United this season.

David De Gea has now overtaken Peter Schmeichel, the father of the Spaniard's opposite number on Sunday, in terms of recording clean sheets in the Premier League. The shut-out was David's 113th in the top flight since signing from Atletico Madrid.


Chelsea finished in fourth spot after a 2-0 victory over Wolves at Stamford Bridge. This allowed Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace to earn the final guaranteed Europa League position with a sixth-placed finish, joining Leicester in the competition next season. At the bottom of the table, Bournemouth and Watford failed to survive the drop, as Aston Villa drew 1-1 at West Ham.

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