Casemiro, Antoni Marcial, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford hit the target as the Red Devils climbed to third place in the Premier League.
A miserable night summed up Chelsea’s season despite spending more than £500 million ($620 million) in the transfer market as they suffered their eighth loss in 10 games after Frank Lampard returned as interim manager.
In contrast, the confirmation of a top-four finish ended Ten Hague’s successful first season, which also ended United’s six-year trophy drought by winning the League Cup in February.
More silverware could come next month if United stops Manchester City’s trek for three FA Cup finals titles.
But a return to Europe’s elite next season was one of Ten Hague’s main goals when he took the reins after a disastrous 2021/22 campaign that saw United finish sixth.
I consider (this season) a success, but the season is not over yet, Ten Hague said.
This club belongs in the Champions League, but it’s a very strong league, and a lot of clubs are fighting for that position.
The main goal of the season is to get to the Champions League. The competition is tough, a lot of teams with really good squads, good managers, so you do a good job (to qualify). That’s the maximum at the moment, but we want more (next season).
Casemiro’s arrival from Real Madrid has played a crucial role in United’s revival.
The 31-year-old showed his class and experience in a game against a young Chelsea side that was punished for its lack of efficiency in both games.
It was another day of reality today when you look at how bright United play at the top of the pitch compared to us, Lampard said. Chelsea’s results this season are not good enough.
Mikhail Mudrik should have scored his first goal for Chelsea when the Ukrainian missed a great chance in the fifth minute.
Just 60 seconds later, the visitors conceded when Casemiro had a free-kick header from Christian Eriksen’s free-kick.
A positive evening for United was marred by an injury to winger Anthony, who was removed on a stretcher with an ankle injury that will put him in doubt for the FA Cup final in 10 days.
But hos.Iaev ended the game as a contest in the first half on the break, when Casemiro’s pass from close range opened Chelsea’s goal.fence for Jaydon Sancho to square off for Marcial.
Ten Hag’s men should have scored again in the second period to round off a fine night as Fernandes shot under the crossbar and Eriksen somehow failed to convert on Tyrell Malacia.
Fernandes did score his goal from the penalty spot after the Portuguese midfielder was brought down by Wesley Fofana.
Chelsea’s poorer defense allowed Rashford to become the first United player in a decade to score 30 goals in a season.
Fernandes pounced on Fofana’s free pass and put the England player on target, who needed two tries to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea’s season can be summed up by the £10 million spent on Joao Felix in January for a few months with very little to play for.
But the Portuguese showed a glimpse of his qualities with a quick run and a low shot that was a late consolation and robbed David de Gea of his 18th clean goal of the season.