Manchester United have qualified for the Europa League by completing in 6th spot in the Premier League table.
The Reds were crushed 1-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on the last day of the season following a Wilfried Zaha strike, yet got a spot in the group phase of a competition United won back in 2017.
West Ham had been wanting to ‘sit on’ United in the standings, but they went a goal up at Brighton through Michail Antonio, and allowed an energetic second half goals by the Seagulls saw the Hammers beaten 3-1, after goals from Joel Veltman, Pascal Gross and former Red Danny Welbeck.
United, therefore, finished the campaign on 58 points – two ahead of David Moyes’s side.
“I think Brighton did us a favour to turn the game around,” Ralf Rangnick admitted in his press conference. “They were losing 1-0 at half-time and scored three goals in the second half.
“We would have loved to take care of ourselves but, in a way, the game was indicative of the last couple of weeks, especially when we played away from home.
“We tried, we had big opportunities in the first half to score ourselves but we didn’t.
Manchester United now join Arsenal in next term’s Europa League, with Eintracht Frankfurt beating Rangers in this year’s final to acquire a spot in the 2022/23 Champions League.
The draw for the group stages happens on 26 August, with first pool fixtures headed straight toward the final in Budapest beginning on 8 September.