Manchester City all but secures Champions League place

Sunday May 15th, 2016

Manchester City is all but assured of a place in next season's Champions League after a 1-1 draw at Swansea City almost certainly secures fourth place in the Premier League.

The side that Pep Guardiola will be taking over has a three point lead over Manchester United and a goal-differential advantage of 18, surely an insurmountable deficit for the Red Devils to overcome in their finale. Manchester United's last match against Bournemouth was slated to be played Sunday simultaneously with the other nine games during the day, as per Premier League custom, but a suspicious package found at Old Trafford prior to the match caused the match to be abandoned

Old Trafford was evacuated and police conducted a controlled explosion of the package. No makeup date has been set.

When Manchester United does take to the field for its finale, it is going to need a historical result to prevent its city rival from reaching the Champions League, and it's going to need a point to ensure a place in the Europa League group stage after Southampton's victory provisionally put the Saints in fifth place, level on points with United and with a superior goal differential.

City had Kelechi Iheanacho open the scoring in Wales only for Andre Ayew to equalize on a free kick at the end of the first half. 

Neither side could find the back of the net after that, and Man City sent Manuel Pellegrini off with a point in his last match as manager.

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