Chelsea have just suffered another huge setback as Manchester United win FA Cup to land European blow

AFP via Getty Images
Chelsea were hoping to play in the Europa League but they will now play in the Conference League.

Manchester United won the FA Cup against Manchester City and what that means is that Chelsea will now play the Europa Conference League after finishing sixth in the league. Chelsea had won five of their last five games to move from 10th on the league table to finish sixth but were counting on a City win to play in the Europa League

Much of the pre-match talk also centred around Erik ten Hag’s future. Various sources claimed the Dutchman would be sacked regardless of the FA Cup final result.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Not many gave Manchester United a chance to beat a City side that has won four league titles on the bounce, but at Wembley, they were sensational in defence and when they attacked carried a good goal threat on them. 

Goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo gave the Red Devils a half-time lead to silence the blue half of Wembley and even though Jeremy Doku scored late on to make a nervy end, United held on for a historic win.

As for Chelsea, a difficult week continues with the search for Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement ongoing after the 52-year-old Argentinian left the club following a season review. They hope to appoint a new manager next week and then get straight into the summer transfer business and start to prepare for the Europa Conference League. 

The win also means Newcastle United who were hoping to get the Europa Conference League spot will not be playing in Europe next season having blown the chance to finish in the top seven.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Rarely has sixth place in the Premier League not been good enough for the Europa League and Chelsea will now be looking back at the devasting draws against Sheffield United and Burnley when they dropped points at the last minute of games. 

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.