Four of Manchester United’s five Premier League losses this season have been in games played on a Sunday immediately after a European match.
Tottenham Hotspur snatched three crucial points with a 2-1 win over Man United today (14/05/17) that ensured they will finish as Premier League runners-up.
According to Reuters, a carnival atmosphere preceded kickoff and the stadium erupted after six minutes when Kenyan superstar Victor Wanyama headed them in front against a weakened United side.
David de Gea kept United in the game with several fine stops while Harry Kane struck the crossbar shortly before halftime as the hosts threatened to overwhelm their opponents.
Kane scored his 22nd league goal of the season to make it 2-0 shortly after the interval but United skipper Wayne Rooney managed to score with just under 20 minutes remaining.
Tottenham boss Pochettino said after his side’s win: “The fans have been fantastic all season. They have helped us a lot during the whole season. It was fantastic, the team played to win.
“Of course we will miss it a lot because White Hart Lane is special but at the same time we welcome the new stadium.”
With a Champions League place already guaranteed, Pochettino added that their final home match was all about making it a special day for the fans.
United’s second successive defeat in London, after last weekend’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal ended a 25-match unbeaten league run, means that the Red Devils can no longer finish in the top four although they could yet qualify for the Champions League by beating Ajax in the Europa League final, May 24th.
“The most important thing for us now is having one less match to play. We have only one match to play and that’s not in the Premier League,” Mourinho noted.
Mourinho’s side suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats for the first time since September 2016.