Manchester United fans troll Manchester City over Manuel Pellegrini goodbye

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Manchester United and Manchester City's battle for a place in next year's Champions League competition looks set to go down to the final day of the season after another topsy-turvy weekend in the Premier League. 

Louis van Gaal's side just about got over the line on Saturday as they overcame strugglers Norwich City by one goal to nil, but the Sky Blues failed to secure all three points against rivals Arsenal a day later in Manuel Pellegrini's final game at the Etihad. 

City may well hold a two-point advantage over their rivals, but it's United who are now in the driving seat. 


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That's because the Red Devils have two games to play and can total a maximum of 69 points, while City can only secure as many as 68. 

Victory over West Ham United at Upton Park on Tuesday night, then, will well and truly put United in control for a place in this season's top four. 

United/City battle 

The Citizens, on the other hand, must beat Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on the final day of the season to stand a realistic chance of claiming elite European football. 

Sunday's game represents Pellegrini's last as manager of Manchester City - he will be replaced by revered Bayern boss Pep Guardiola in the summer - but he has already waved goodbye to the Etihad. 

Following Sunday's 2-2 draw against Arsenal, Pellegrini delivered a speech to a half empty Etihad stadium. Of course, the result wasn't the one City supporters had been hoping for but, considering that he previously delivered the Premier League title, it was surprising nonetheless. 

As you can imagine, United fans, who are now starting to believe that they will see Champions League football at Old Trafford next season, opted to troll their rivals. 

Unsurprisingly, a number of fans posted photos comparing Pellegrini's send off to the one that Sir Alex Ferguson received back in 2013. 

Ferguson's departure from the Theatre of Dreams was a far more high-profile one, of course, but that didn't stop fans of the Red Devils taking to social media. 

Social media reaction  

Here are the best tweets: 

Guardiola incoming 

There's every chance that Guardiola will inherit a team without Champions League football. And, in all honesty, the City players have themselves to blame. 

Ultimately, they just haven't been good enough and have appeared to lack motivation during the second half of the season. 

Guardiola will most definitely change the dynamic in Manchester and it's surely likely that a fair few players will be moved on in the summer transfer window. 

Who will qualify for next season's Champions League: Manchester United or Manchester City? Have your say below! 

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