London: Reading and Queens Park Rangers were put out of their misery and relegated from the Premier League on Sunday, while Robin van Persie ensured his former club Arsenal will have to put up a tough fight to reach the Champions League.
Reading and QPR were demoted after they drew 0-0, leaving just one more spot to be determined in the drop zone.
Booed relentlessly on his return to Arsenal, Van Persie gave away the ball that resulted in Manchester United conceding an early goal but he then scored from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw.
In the top-four race, the dropped points allowed Chelsea to dislodge Arsenal from third place by beating Swansea 2-0. Arsenal are now only two points ahead of fifth-place Tottenham having played an extra game.