The curtains came down on the 2022/2023 Premier League season, as Manchester United earned a come-from-behind 2-1 win over visiting Fulham at Old Trafford.
The game got off to a frenzy and the visitors went in front through Kenny Tete who headed home in the eleventh minute.
The Cottagers had a perfect opportunity to double their advantage when they were awarded a penalty, but Serbian striker Alexander Mitrovic saw his effort from twelve yards saved by David de Gea.
The Red Devils levelled proceedings through Englishman Jadon Sancho and found the winner through Bruno Fernandes in the second period, as his dinked shot went past Bernd Leno in goal for Fulham.
Manchester United finished the campaign in third position, behind champions Manchester City and runners-up Arsenal.
The victory will serve as a morale booster for Erik ten Hag’s men, ahead of their FA Cup Final showdown against neighbours Manchester City next week.
In our second fixture of the day, Arsenal wrapped up their campaign with a resounding 5-0 trouncing of Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium.
Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka who will be leaving the North London outfit this summer, stepped up with a brace to mark his send-off in style while Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka were also on the scoresheet.
January acquisition Kiwior who came on as a substitute in the second half, also netted his first goal for the club as the Gunners finished with a bang.
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FULL-TIME AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 5-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 2-1 Fulham
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 5-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Kiwior)
78′ MIN: Emile Smith Rowe chests the ball down in the area to see Kiwior smashes the ball underneath Sa.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (G. Jesus)
58′ MIN: Trossard with a lobbed cross sees Jesus leap and nod the ball home past Jose Sa.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 2-1 Fulham (B. Fernandes)
55′ MIN: Fred plays in Bruno Fernandes who delightfully dinks over Bernd Leno!
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 1-1 Fulham
HALF-TIME AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 1-1 Fulham
GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 1-1 Fulham (J. Sancho)
39′ MIN: Jadon Sancho levels things from close range after a surging run from Fred.
26′ MIN: David de Gea does well to save Alexander Mitrovic’s spot-kick from twelve yards.
PENALTY!!! To Fulham
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (B. Saka)
27′ MIN: Bukayo Saka makes it three, cutting back on his left to curl round the goalkeeper.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 0-1 Fulham (K. Tete)
19′ MIN: Willian whips in a corner and Kenny Tete meets it at the near post to put Fulham in front!
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (G. Xhaka)
14′ MIN: Kilman misses a clearance from Odegaards backheel to see Xhaka tap the ball home for his second.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (G. Xhaka)
11′ MIN: Jesus whips in a wicked cross and Xhaka leaps highest to nod the ball home.
KICK-OFF AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
KICK-OFF AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Fulham
Starting XI’S: Arsenal vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Starting XI’S: Manchester United vs Fulham
Following nine months of action – filled with drama and excitement, the 2022/2023 Premier League season finally draws to a close as the full complement of ten fixtures shall be played simultaneously across ten match centers.
We already have a winner in Manchester City – who successfully retained their top-flight title, while Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle United shall be in next season’s UEFA Champions League. The UEFA Europa League spots have gone to Liverpool and Brighton, while Southampton have been relegated to the Championship.
Today’s round of fixtures will see the last two relegation candidates confirmed, while a place into next season’s UEFA Europa Conference League shall be settled.
Our simultaneous coverage this afternoon shall be the ties involving Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford, and Arsenal taking on Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates.
The Red Devils who saw off Chelsea 4-1 last time out, are bidding to end the campaign on a high in front of their fans while Fulham can eye a positive result at Old Trafford in what has been a credible season in which they’ll end up in the top half.
As for Arsenal, this is the perfect opportunity to end a run of two successive PL defeats, having fallen 1-0 to Nottingham Forest on Matchday 37. The Gunners can take pride in what has been their best season in recent years.
Their opponents Wolves are safe from relegation worries and will keep their top-flight status for another season. But with Financial Fair Play restrictions dangling, they enter into a period of uncertainty as the futures of several players and manager Julen Lopetegui remain unknown.