Man City and Man United end season on a high

Manchester City and Manchester United both ended their 2016/17 Premier League campaigns with comfortable victories.

As the season finale commenced on 21 May, the Manchester clubs secured two wins and two clean sheets between them.

City beat Watford 0-5 in a sensational away display at Vicarage Road; cementing their place in next year’s Champions League.

Sergio Aguero scored twice, with Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus and skipper Vincent Kompany making up the magic five.

The result meant that Pep Guardiola’s Blues’ finished third in the table, two points clear of fourth-placed Liverpool.

City midfielder Yaya Touré tweeted after the game: “A great team performance and result to end the season”.

It has been heavily speculated that the 34-year-old former Ivory Coast international could depart Manchester this summer.

 

Over in M16, Jose Mourinho’s United ended an otherwise disappointing campaign with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

It was 21-year-old debutant Josh Harrop who made the headlines at Old Trafford; opening the scoring with a superb effort.

Harrop was one of four players given their first starts as Mourinho named the youngest United line-up in Premier League history.

He tweeted: “Proud day for me and my family yesterday! Hopefully more to come…thanks for all the support”.
The average age of United’s squad was just 22 years and 284 days.

London-born and Salford-raised Angel Gomes also became the club’s youngest ever Premier League player at 16 years and 263 days old.

He is also now the first player born in 2000 to ever appear in the Premier League.

Summer signing Paul Pogba doubled United’s lead shortly after with a low strike, meaning the Reds’ finished safely in 6th.

However United do still have one last opportunity to secure a place alongside rivals City in next year’s Champions League.

Mourinho takes his side to Stockholm on Wednesday 24 May for the Europa League Final against Dutch giants Ajax.

A win in the Swedish capital would send United into the Champions League group stages and Liverpool into a play-off.

The highly-anticipated final, United’s first ever in the competition, kicks off tomorrow 24 May at 7:45pm.

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