Erik qten Hag’s main goal for the 2022-23 season was to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League table and that is now secure ahead of the final matchday, with the Red Devils recording a 4-1 victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
A point would have been enough for Man United to finish in a Champions League position, but they secured all three with an impressive performance, and the result moved them into third position, two points ahead of fourth-placed Newcastle United, who will finish their campaign away to Chelsea.
The 20-time English champions ended a six-year trophy drought by winning the EFL Cup at the end of February, while they will take on Manchester City in the FA Cup final next weekend, with the team looking to complete a domestic double and end the Citizens’ treble hopes.
Man United have responded impressively to their successive defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United by winning their last three against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bournemouth and Chelsea, and their home form has been a vital part of their success this term.
The Red Devils have picked up 45 points from their 18 league games at Old Trafford this season, conceding just nine times in the process, which is comfortably the best home defensive record in the Premier League.
There is no serious pressure on Man United in this match, but Ten Hag detailed the importance of claiming third after the clash with Chelsea, and the Red Devils, who have to win to guarantee finishing above Newcastle, will be looking to extend their unbeaten run against Fulham to 16 matches on Sunday afternoon
The Cottagers have managed to secure back-to-back seasons in the top flight for the first time since 2014, and they have done so in comfortable fashion, with a brilliant campaign seeing them pick up 52 points from 37 matches to sit in 10th position in the table.
Marco Silva’s side will finish 10th regardless of what happens on the final weekend of the season, and it is the team’s first top-half position in England’s leading division since claiming ninth in 2011-12.
Fulham will enter Sunday’s match in excellent form, meanwhile, having picked up seven points from their last three matches, including a 2-2 draw at home to Palace last time out.
Silva’s team recorded a 2-0 win over Southampton in their last away game on May 13, and they have been strong on their travels this term, picking up 23 points from 18 matches, which is just four fewer than Man United have managed away from Old Trafford in 2022-23.
Fulham will now be looking to build on their success next season, and they will be desperate to keep hold of their head coach, who is currently being linked with Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.