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Leicester 0-2 Man Utd – five talking points as Fernandes' pen delivers top four

Bruno Fernandes’ penalty and Jesse Lingard’s late strike was enough to see off Leicester and ensure that Manchester United return to the Champions League next season.

The Red Devils headed to the King Power knowing that a point would be enough, but they did better than that, leaving with a 2-0 win.

United were actually second best for large periods of the contest with none of their front three offering much of a threat.

They were starved of much service with Fernandes, ironically, enduring one of his worst games since arriving in Janaury.

Lingard was introduced in the second-half and scored deep into stoppage time after a costly error from Kasper Schmeichel to seal the result.

Both sides will be pleased with their efforts this term, even if Leicester may have had Champions League ambitions.

Here are five talking points from the contest.

Bruno Fernandes scored the winner

Man Utd deliver

For long periods it looked as if the Red Devils would miss out and questions would’ve been asked of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But the Norwegian and his Red Devils side have been excellent since January with their excellent run seeing them over the line.

Fernandes’ arrival no doubt played a huge role and once they got going they looked like the United side of old.

There is still plenty to be done, but a third-place finish is the best they could’ve hoped for and Solskjaer has delivered it.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his staff have delivered Champions League football

Bruno’s on off day

The United playmaker put in one of his worst showings since heading to Old Trafford in January.

His passing was off, he struggled to create and generally offered little in the final third.

Gary Neville even joked: “If his name wasn’t Bruno Fernandes you’d probably take him off”.

But you can’t keep a good man down and Fernandes stepped up when the pressure was on to score the match winner from 12 yards.

Anthony Martial was scythed down

Leicester prove their worth

Regardless of which way today went Rodgers would’ve wanted his side to show they belonged amongst the elite.

And, to their credit, they did for large periods. Even without Maddison and Ben Chilwell they still looked the best team for large periods despite not creating as much as they would’ve liked.

Rodgers has taken the Foxes up a level since he arrived early last year and they will play European football next season, even if it is not in the competition they had hoped.

Leicester though look as if they are here to stay, especially if they keep all of their top players and continue to add quality in the summer.

Quiet day up top for the visitors

For all the plaudits heaped on Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood the trio were surprisingly quiet.

But the trio were all kept quiet and struggled to influence proceedings.

Rashford had a couple of half chances that, on a good day, would’ve made the net bulge but it was reflective of his day.

Yet he benefits of having a three-pronged attack is that often you only need one to fire to win you a game and Martial’s pace and movement was what won United the decisive penalty.

Jamie Vardy was kept quiet but still won the Golden Boot

Vardy’s landmark day

It is one of the most well known stories in English football – the rise of Leicester striker Vardy.

Less than a decade ago he was playing non-league football with Fleetwood Town – today he picks up the Premier League Golden Boot award.

Vardy came into the season’s finale firmly in the driving seat and although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave it a good crack he wasn’t able to bridge a three-goal deficit.

The 33-year-old’s total was actually one less than his single season best of 24, but it was still enough to earn the prize all strikers crave.



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