Manchester United back in Champions League with rout of Chelsea

Manchester United thrashed Chelsea 4-1 on Thursday to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, and they will be back in action in the Champions League the following season.

In order to officially put an end to Liverpool's waning chances of qualifying for Europe's top club competition, United needed a point from their final two league games.

Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes (penalty), and Marcus Rashford scored for United.

"It's important; this club belongs in the Champions League," said manager Erik ten Hag to Sky Sports. "But in the Premier League, it's not simple. It's a tough competition, so when you succeed it's a huge performance.

With one game left, United, a three-time champion in Europe who missed out on the Champions League last year, is in third place with 72 points, six points ahead of Liverpool in fifth.

Fourth-place Following a scoreless draw against Leicester City on Monday, Newcastle clinched a place among the elite of Europe. Chelsea, who has had a difficult season, is in 12th place with 43 points.

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