For the first time in 14 months, fans were allowed to be back at Old Trafford. They saw Manchester United 1-1 against Fulham.
The team greeted the fans with a glamorous goal from Edinson Cavani but it was a disappointing result overall.
The draw means that second place in the Premier League is not guaranteed for United, but a win or a draw against Wolves on the last day of the season will be enough.
Here are five things we learned from the game …
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Bruno shines as a captain
Before the game, Bruno was named Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year by manager and club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and played a game typical of his season.
The Portuguese Magnifico scuttled across the pitch in his usual manner to get things going and got his reward.
With the most skilful flicks, so skilful that he might not even have touched the ball, Fernandes Edinson Cavani pushed through to score a goal for the season candidate.
Even if Fernandes didn’t touch the ball, the ability to put the defender on and the awareness of Cavani’s movement behind it shows why he’s considered one of the best players in the world.
Tonight was an opportunity to demonstrate his leadership skills and he let the team go forward to the end.
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Cavani scores a miracle goal
Edinson Cavani scored a special goal tonight that was eerily similar to that of another # 7 legend – David Beckham.
In 2002 Beckham scored a memorable goal after wonderful support from midfield maestro Juan Sebastien Veron, who hit the goalkeeper with the same bragging and insolence as Cavani tonight.
It was a spectacular destination for United fans to see again for the first time in more than a year and shows off his pure world-class talent.
The goal shows that the decision to extend his contract for another year was a wise proposition for Ole, especially when doubts arose about signing him in the first place.
Cavani will be vital to any title defense or Champions League football next season.
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Henderson fell or rested?
The debate over United’s No. 1 position continued to swirl and received further fuel when David De Gea received the nod in front of Dean Henderson.
There is always a lot that can be read into these decisions. Was Henderson dropped for conceding four goals against Liverpool in the last game or did Ole De Gea make his final start at Old Trafford in a United shirt?
It could be argued that Henderson was to blame for two of the goals in the Liverpool defeat that De Gea was dropped for in the past.
More likely, however, that this will mark the beginning of a long farewell to an excellent servant of the club, even if De Gea ends up kicking off the Europa League final.
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United welcome the fans back to Old Trafford
While welcoming United fans back to Old Trafford for the first time since beating Manchester City last March could have been a better result, it was still a sight to see.
United have had massive struggles at home this season, and fans’ return to the Theater of Dreams could be just what Ole’s team needs to be hunting silverware next season – even if it doesn’t make a profitable return to the Form has led.
Fans can also put further pressure on the Glazer owners to sell the club or seriously reform the way they run it.
Many United fans entered the stadium adorned with the green and gold colors of the anti-glazer movement.
Let’s hope the players manage to give them more to cheer about next season.
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Warming up for the Europa League final
Was today’s starting position XI the one we will see next Wednesday in the Europa League final against Villareal?
It would make sense. United fans have had doubts about a central defensive midfield partnership between Fred and McTominay this season, but this appears to be Solskjaer’s preferred combination.
The ‘McFred’ combo has worked well against big teams in Europe this season. They absorb the pressure well and are quick to react to collect the ball in United’s half.
Paul Pogba on the left of midfield and Bruno Fernandes in the middle seem almost guaranteed, as are Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw in full-back positions.
The remaining question marks will initially be over Rashford or Greenwood and what the center-back pairing will look like, with Maguire at risk of being missed.
Lindelof and Tuanzebe were largely unconcerned against Fulham, with the goal due to a poor rating from Wan-Bissaka.
Ole can feel safe on his attacking players for the final, but it’s this line of defense that demands the most consideration, as tonight’s easy-to-concede goal made clear.
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