The 2015/16 premier league season will officially come to an end on Tuesday when Manchester United play Bournemouth but 366football.com captured all the drama that went down on Sunday as team’s played out for important placements on the log and some interesting things came up.
Iheanacho powers Man City into next season’s Champions League
Nigerian wunderkind Kelechi Iheanacho inspired Manchester City’s qualification for next seasons UEFA Champions League after his goal earned a 1-1 against Swansea on Sunday.
It was Manuel Pellegrini’s last game in charge of Manchester City before the arrival of Pep Guardiola and the team was determined to give the Chilean a perfect parting gift.
The Citizens raced out of the blocks early and took the lead thanks to their Nigerian prodigy Kelechi Iheancho who squeezed in a rebound from close range after Sergio Aguero’s goal-bound shot was blocked.
That made it 14 goals for the Imo State born footballer in all competition for Manchester City this season.
However, City failed to double their lead in the first half as the likes of Jesus Navas, Aguero, and Iheanacho wasted good openings and paid the price as Ghana international Andre Ayew powered in a freekick on the stroke of half-time to make it 1-1.
The second half was cagey as both sides failed to score but Iheanacho’s goal was enough for Manchester City to seal fourth place on 66 points with a massive 30 goals difference compared to Manchester United’s 18.
Manchester United, Bournemouth tie abandoned
Manchester United’s game against Bournemouth was abandoned due to security fears but City’s draw away to Swansea ended their Champions League hopes.
The Bournemouth game is fixed for Tuesday but only a fifth place finish is in the offering for the Louis van Gaal’s men.
Since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Old Trafford side has been a shadow of their usual dominant self finishing outside the top three for the past three seasons and just like the Nigerian budget someone needs it pad up the leak before it turns into another old glory Liverpool.
Thankfully, Old Trafford will still be available for good football as the bomb which cost the previous abandonment was only a training material left by a private security firm.
Newcastle gives Benitez a reason to stay
Newcastle United were already relegated before welcoming high flying Tottenham Hotspur to the Saint James Park.
Spurs had lost the premier league title to Leicester City after playing a 2-2 against dethroned champions Chelsea and surprisingly blew the chance to seal second place when they lost 2-1 to Southampton at White Hart Lane.
All they needed was a draw against the already relegated Magpies and a final day miracle happened as the home side played like they were gunning for the title and hammered Spurs 5-1.
Yes, you read right – they absolutely destroyed Mauricio Pochettino’s men and to make matters worse they achieved it with 10-men after one of the goalscorer’s Mitrovic saw red in the first half.
The home fans raised placards with the inscription ‘In Rafa we trust’ – appealing to his consciousness to stay with the team that he managed for just ten days.
Hmmm…doubt if Rafa Benitez will want to go down that route after managing at the highest echelons of football with the likes of Real Madrid, Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, and Napoli.
Southampton finish season with highest point ever
A lot was expected Southampton at the start of the season but they did not begin well but towards the end of the season they picked up space and achieved their highest points total in a single premier league season ever (63).
The remarkable end of the season run saw them defeat Aston Villa, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, and Crystal Palace scoring 14 remarkable goals while conceding just six.
Ronald Koeman will definitely be sorted after by bigger clubs and already Saido Mane is being monitored by Manchester United with possibility of signing him this summer.
Arsenal maintain supremacy over Tottenham
Arsenal finished above Manchester United, Manchester City, and Liverpool for the first time since 12years but failed to win the premier league as Leicester City piped them to the title.
But they enjoyed closed out the 2015/16 campaign with a huge bragging right especially for the fans as they managed to finish above North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur courtesy of a comprehensive 4-0 demolition of already relegated Aston Villa.
That feat pleased the Gunners fans who like Chelsea supporters celebrated Spurs failure to win the league for the first time in their history.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane finished as the premier league’s topscorer with 25 goals but Oliver Giroud will feel like a better striker because he netted a hat-trick that ensured Arsenal finished in second only behind Leicester on the log.