Manchester United (3-0) and Wolverhampton (3-0) won against the last two, Watford and Norwich, on Sunday, in the 27th day of the Premier League. They can still claim fourth place in the qualifying Premier League for the Champions League.
From Chelsea (4th) to Wolves (8th), there are only 5 points and Everton, in the event of a victory against Arsenal at the end of the afternoon on Sunday, could also return to 5 lengths from the Blues.
Even excluding the uncertainty on 5th place, which will only qualify for the C1 if the appeal of Manchester City against his exclusion for two years from European competitions for violation of the rules of financial Fair Play is rejected, the end of the season promises to be exciting.
Manchester United win without genius
There would also be a certain irony that the legal vagaries of the Citizens benefit the Red Devils who grabbed 5th place with this victory without genius but serious.
To get the best out of the club in the London suburbs, they could count on a penalty from Bruno Fernandes who did justice after a foul by goalkeeper Ben Foster shortly before half-time (1-0, 42nd).
It was the 13th successful penalty in a row by Fernandes and his first goal in his new colors since his arrival this winter from Sporting Portugal.
The French striker Anthony Martial then confirmed his good form of the moment by scoring in two stages a very nice goal at the hour of play (2-0, 60th).
After his significant achievements against Chelsea Monday (2-0) and Thursday in Bruges (1-1) in the Europa League, this is the third straight game he has scored in all competitions, which has not happened to him since September 2017.
While one of the things that has plagued Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men this season has been to drop a lot of points against medium teams, this time they nailed the nail by promising Mason Greenwood, at the conclusion of ” a perfect counter (3-0, 76th), to ensure a peaceful end to the match.
But with matches to come against Everton and especially Manchester City, then Tottenham (6th at a point), which they have just doubled, and Sheffield United (7th, also at a point), without forgetting the return against Bruges in C3, United is truly at an important crossroads in its season.
Wolves on the lookout
In the other match at the start of the afternoon, Wolverhampton gave Norwich a lesson, the chances of their maintenance seemingly hanging by a thread.
The Canaries are seven points behind the first club outside the red zone, Aston Villa, and face Leicester (2nd), Tottenham (6th) and Sheffield United (7th) in the next three days.
Already impressive Thursday in the Europa League against Espanyol, which sank (4-0) in Molineux, with a hat-trick from Diogo Jota, the Wolves relied on a double from their Portuguese striker in the first period (19th and 30th) and a third goal from Ruben Neves (50th).
If it is not the most observed team in the Premier League, Wolverhampton nevertheless has many qualities which can make it a contender for a place in the Champions League and a European epic.
Created: 23.02.2020, 17h36