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Bitter end: Jonny Evans is sent off following this late challenge on Scott McTominay

Bitter end: Jonny Evans is sent off following this late challenge on Scott McTominay

Bitter end: Jonny Evans is sent off following this late challenge on Scott McTominay

Manchester United are celebrating after bagging a precious Champions League place but it was a real horror show for Northern Ireland men Jonny Evans and Brendan Rodgers yesterday.

Rodgers' Leicester City side finished fifth despite spending 325 days inside the top four places during the season and Evans was sent off as they crashed 2-0 at home to United.

The central defender's tackle on Anthony Martial allowed Bruno Fernandes to slot in a penalty and the former United ace was then shown a straight red card for a horrendous lunge on Scott McTominay. Jesse Lingard added a second as United sealed a third-placed finish.

Carnlough man Rodgers remained defiant, saying: "We finished in the second highest league position in the club's Premier League history. It takes us into Europe and I'm really excited by that."

Chelsea also earned a Champions League place, while Aston Villa secured their survival at the expense of Bournemouth and Watford.

Belfast Telegraph