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Explosive device disrupted the Red Devil's Last Match

Manchester United's final game of the Premier League
season against Bournemouth on Sunday was
abandoned following a security alert at Old Trafford, as
Arsenal snatched second place in the table from rivals
Tottenham Hotspur.
What should have been a celebratory last weekend of
the league season around the country was
overshadowed as bomb disposal experts were called to
carry out a controlled explosion on a suspicious
package at Old Trafford.
The Stretford End and Sir Alex Ferguson Stand were
evacuated as the match was called off 20 minutes
before the scheduled 1400 GMT kick-off in Manchester,
with United later confirming a security alert caused the
abrupt cancellation at the 75,600-capacity stadium.
"Due to the discovery of a suspect package in the
North-West Quadrant of the ground, the match with
Bournemouth has been abandoned today on police
advice," a United spokesman said in a statement.
By 3.15pm local time the remaining parts of Old
Trafford were evacuated and shortly before 4pm an
Army bomb disposal unit van was seen arriving at the
stadium to carry out a controlled explosion.
The Premier League said the match would be
rearranged for "as soon as practically possible",
although with United due to face Crystal Palace in next
Saturday's FA Cup final and Euro 2016 warm-up
fixtures scheduled for the following week there is little
room for manoeuvre.
"When it comes to matters of security it is obviously
right that Manchester United and the Premier League
place the safety of supporters and employees
foremost," a Premier League statement read.
Despite the worrying scenes at Old Trafford, the other
nine matches went ahead as planned.
Completing a bad day for United, Manchester City
drew 1-1 at Swansea City to effectively guarantee
fourth place and Champions League qualification at the
expense of their local rivals, who are three points
behind them with a goal difference of only +12
compared to +30 for Manuel Pellegrini's men.
- Frustrating -
City took the lead as Kelechi Iheanacho slotted home in
the fifth minute after Sergio Aguero's shot was pushed
into the young Nigeria striker's path.
Swansea equalised in first-half stoppage time through
Andre Ayew, whose free-kick deflected in off City
midfielder Fernando, but the visitors held on to ensure
Pellegrini departed on a high, with Bayern Munich boss
Pep Guardiola to replace him in the close-season.
"I wanted to win the Premier League, but the
atmosphere from February when the club announced
the new manager was maybe not the best," Pellegrini
"The only option was to get to the Champions League
for next year."
Capping a frustrating climax to the season for
Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino's team came third as
their 5-1 humiliation at relegated Newcastle United,
combined with Arsenal's 4-0 win over bottom club
Aston Villa, saw the Gunners leapfrog their north
London rivals to finish second.
After losing the title to Leicester City, Tottenham have
also wasted a chance to finish above Arsenal for the
first time since 1994-95.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic put
Newcastle in control before Erik Lamela got one back
for Tottenham.
Mitrovic was sent off after 67 minutes, but Wijnaldum
stroked home a penalty, with Rolando Aarons and
Daryl Janmaat scoring late on to compound
Tottenham's misery.
"I would like to apologise to our fans. It's my worst day
as a manager. We were on holiday. It's unbelievable,"
Pochettino said.
Arsenal gleefully seized on Tottenham's woes with an
Olivier Giroud-inspired demolition of Villa at the
Emirates Stadium.
France striker Giroud bagged a hat-trick, with the goals
coming in the fifth, 78th minute and 80th minutes
before an own goal by Villa 'keeper Mark Bunn.
At Stamford Bridge, Leicester brought the curtain
down on their fairytale season with a 1-1 draw against
Cesc Fabregas put Chelsea ahead with a 66th-minute
penalty, but Danny Drinkwater's 82nd-minute
equaliser ensured Leicester finished 10 points clear at
the top.
Everton looked revitalised by the sacking of much-
maligned manager Roberto Martinez as they defeated
relegated Norwich City 3-0 at Goodison Park thanks to
goals from James McCarthy, Leighton Baines with a
penalty and Kevin Mirallas.
Southampton booked a Europa League place with a
4-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace at St Mary's, with the
goals coming from Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle, Ryan
Bertrand and Steven Davis.
Seventh-placed West Ham United were beaten 2-1 at
Stoke City, which means they need sixth-placed United
to defeat Palace in the Cup final to qualify for the
Europa League.
Liverpool warmed up for Wednesday's Europa League
final against Sevilla in Basel with a 1-1 draw at West
Bromwich Albion.
Watford drew 2-2 with Sunderland in the last match

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