MAN CITY CHAMPIONS: Leicester beat Man United to give Man City title
Manchester City are the Premier League champions after Manchester United lost 2-1 to Leicester City at Old Trafford.
Goals from Luke Thomas and Caglar Soyuncu were enough to see off the Red Devils who made ten changes from the team that beat Aston Villa 3-1 on Sunday as they navigate a schedule that will see them play Liverpool 48 hours after the full time whistle.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave first Premier League starts to Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga in attack but it was Mason Greenwood who supplied United’s main goal threat and it was he who levelled after Thomas had brilliantly volleyed Leicester into the lead.
The second half was bossed by Leicester who went close to re-taking the lead through Kelechi Iheanacho but David De Gea produced a smart save. They eventually did score as Soyuncu took advantage of some slack marking to power home a header.
Solskjaer sent on Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes to try and rescue a point that would have kept the title race going until at least Thursday but apart from a snapshot from Fernandes late on, Leicester saw out the win comfortably.
City title winners again
United’s failure to win means Manchester City have become Premier League champions for the third time in four years. It has been a campaign that started slowly for Pep Guardiola’s side but some defensive solidity was achieved with the signing of Ruben Dias, who has been tipped for player of the year.
Their season ignited with a 15 match winning run with Dias, Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne performing especially well. Their dominance of the league was characterised by a 4-1 win at Anfield against Liverpool, who were the champions in 2019/20. Although there was a small challenge from Manchester United, City’s consistency pulled them clear and they have won the title with ease.
Pep Guardiola is maintaining his reputation as a serial winner here in England. This is his 8th domestic trophy since arriving in 2016 and it secures a third league and EFL Cup double in four years. He will hope to make it a treble with the club’s first Champions League on the 29th May.
He said in a statement: “In our toughest moments, we couldn't hear the crowd get behind us as usual, but we know they are with us everywhere we go and that has lifted us.
"I promise them we sense their love, we appreciate it and we could not have done what we have done without it. I hope we can all celebrate together one day not too far away.
"It has been such a hard year for so many people. This one is really for our fans."
Manchester City club captain Fernandinho said: "We have missed the fans so much. We wanted to do this for them. We will enjoy this moment and we hope the fans do too. Rest assured we will continue to do everything we can to bring the Champions League home this season."
Manchester City will lift the trophy after their final game of the season against Everton on the 23rd May.
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