Manchester United will have to settle for Europa League football next season after being held by a Huddersfield side who were relegated in March.
The Terriers had managed just four points in their previous 23 games but they earned a draw as Isaac Mbenza’s first goal for the club leveled Scott McTominay’s first-half effort.
They would not have tolerated this from Jose Mourinho or Louis van Gaal. They certainly would not have taken it from David Moyes’ Manchester United. So how long will they stomach it from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?
Suffice to say that if the current United manager does not start next season well, then judgment may come earlier than he ever could have imagined.
This was paupers’ football from Solskjaer’s United team, football devoid of imagination and fluency. Solskjaer’s United, the one that started so vividly under him in winter, has been steadily regressing for weeks and we would call this rock bottom, if we were remotely convinced they couldn’t get any worse.
Meanwhile Arsenal’s hopes of a top-four Premier League finish are all but over after the lackluster hosts were held to a one all draw by Brighton.
The Gunners are three points behind Tottenham in fourth with one game to play but would need an eight-goal swing, as well as results going their way, to overtake their rivals.
Life after Arsene Wenger was never going to be easy. There were no guarantees the end of an era would bring the best of times rolling back to Arsenal.
But on Sunday evening, as glum-looking players trudged around a sparsely-populated Emirates Stadium to offer their appreciation after the final home game of the first post-Wenger campaign, this felt like a club lost at sea.
Vital connections have been frayed since absent owner Stan Kroenke completed his takeover last year and wiped out the minority shareholders amid far-reaching change behind the scenes.
Elsewhere, Chelsea secured their place in the Champions League next season with three nil victory over Watford at Stamford Bridge.