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PL wrap: United miss out on Europe after Saints draw completes disastrous season

Tottenham secured the last available Europa League berth by crushing Aston Villa 3-0

Manchester United's Juan Mata celebrates his goal from a free kick.
Manchester United's Juan Mata celebrates his goal from a free kick.
Image: Chris Ison

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR SECURED the last available Europa League berth by crushing Aston Villa 3-0 through a Paulinho strike, a Nathan Baker own goal and an Emmanuel Adebayor penalty, all of which arrived before half-time.

Spurs’ victory means that Manchester United will not play in Europe next season for the first time since 1989-90.

United drew 1-1 at Southampton in Ryan Giggs’s final game as interim manager, which saw last season’s champions finish 22 points below cross-town rivals City in seventh place after a miserable campaign.

United captain Nemanja Vidic, playing his last game for the club, was left with a bloodied nose by Ricky Lambert as the Southampton striker put the hosts in front in the 28th minute.

Juan Mata equalised for United with a sumptuous free-kick early in the second half.

Norwich City’s relegation was confirmed after they lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal, although they were already practically assured of joining Fulham and Cardiff City in the Championship.

Aaron Ramsey’s sublime 53rd-minute volley put Arsenal ahead, with Carl Jenkinson adding a second goal shortly after.

Arsenal’s FA Cup final opponents Hull City finished the campaign by losing 2-0 at home to fifth-place Everton, who prevailed through goals from James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku.

Third-place Chelsea, meanwhile, came from behind to win 2-1 at relegated Cardiff, with Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres securing victory after Craig Bellamy had put the Welsh club ahead.

Ashley Cole, whose contract is due to expire, captained Chelsea on what may have been his last appearance.

Elsewhere, Swansea City spoilt Sunderland’s survival party with a 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light, while Stoke City won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion and Fulham drew 2-2 at home to Crystal Palace.

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