Gus Poyet guided his team to their second win at Old Trafford this season whilst Fulham were no match for a rampant Stoke side, and Cardiff, try as they might, could not find the result required at Newcastle.
MailOnline Sport noted Fulham's plight well before the end of the match:
Fulham dead and buried. Stoke go 3-0 up thanks to Assaidi...all up to Manchester United to save Magath's men now #ffc— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) May 3, 2014
Meanwhile, beIN Sports' Richard Keys noted Mark Hughes' expected delight at sending his former team down:
Mark Hughes will enjoy sending Fulham down today - he left questioning their ambition remember. And got battered for it.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) May 3, 2014
Football 365's Daniel Story placed the blame squarely at the players' door:
If Felix Magath can't make you fight for survival when you need something to stay up, your players deserve to be relegated. Bye bye Fulham.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) May 3, 2014
But the Daily Mirror's Ed Malyon sang a different tune:
Shame to see Fulham go down on a purely personal/logistical level— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) May 3, 2014
Bleacher Report's Stan Collymore confirmed what everyone knew was coming:
FULHAM RELEGATED. @talkSPORT LIVE Everton v City 5:30pm KO— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) May 3, 2014
With a few minutes remaining at St. James' Park, Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took to a Sir Alex Ferguson tactic:
It was of no help as late drama saw Newcastle score twice and send Cardiff also spiralling towards the Championship. This Twitter user placed the blame squarely at chairman Vincent Tan's door:
Cardiff City hit the self destruct button and they are relegated. Premier League will miss Mr Tan. Or not.— Positivity! (@kayomole) May 3, 2014
Heart of Wales presenter Dave Brookes agreed:
Things just got very interesting at Cardiff City Stadium for all the wrong reasons. Mr Tan will have a lot to answer for!— Dave Brookes (@TheDaveBrookes) May 3, 2014
BBC Radio Wales noted the news that fans of the Welsh club had been dreading:
And ESPN referenced the incredible set of results from Sunderland that helped send the two clubs down:
Sunderland's form: Drew 2-2 at Man City Won 2-1 at Chelsea Won 4-0 against Cardiff Won 1-0 at Man United— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 3, 2014
When both clubs look back over the course of their season, they should look to be self-critical.
In Cardiff's case, Malky Mackay had the respect of all around him and had certainly not given Vincent Tan just cause to dismiss him in the manner in which he did.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done his best but it plainly hasn't been good enough, and whilst blame will be attached to the players, there cannot be too much doubt that the meddling of the chairman has had an effect in the dressing room and on the pitch.
Fulham have gone through three managers themselves this season, with neither Martin Jol nor Rene Meulensteen being given too much time to turn things around.
Felix Magath had given hope when previously there was none, but ultimately Fulham's poor start to the season is what has hampered their fight for survival.
The one thing both clubs require now is stability, both throughout the summer and its transfer window and during the course of next season. For chairmen to have a "trigger finger" at the earliest opportunity really has the opposite effect to that which they are striving to achieve.
Magath in particular has shown a strong work ethic in the limited time he has had available, and age hasn't wearied his appetite for the fight. Per Squawka, it was clear that relegation had hurt the German:
Felix Magath: "I have to apologise for not being able to manage the situation. I have not been relegated before." pic.twitter.com/rc7MEeLLLw— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 3, 2014
With the addition of one or two players in the same mould as Scott Parker, and the backing of Magath, Fulham can look forward to the new season with confidence.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs backing from Vincent Tan in the transfer market in order to mould a team to his wants and needs. Wholesale changes will also be anathema to a successful campaign but clearly a few players will have to be shipped out.
It remains to be seen how both clubs adjust to life in the Championship.