Man City gifted title after much-changed Man Utd beaten at home by Leicester

Date published: Tuesday 11th May 2021 7:56 - Robert McCarthy

Caglar Soyuncu Leicester City

Manchester City regained the Premier League title after a much-changed Manchester United side suffered a 2-1 home to Leicester at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

United’s defeat means City have an unassailable 10-point lead with just three games to go. The win for the Foxes also strengthened their grip on a top-four place, as they dominated in the second-half to go eight points clear of fifth-placed West Ham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a whopping 10 changes to his side for United’s second game in 48 hours. Academy starlet Anthony Elanga was handed his debut, while young winger Amad Diallo also featured from the start. Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers dropped James Maddison to the bench in favour of Ayoze Perez, while Luke Thomas also started.

Leicester started the brighter of the two sides and took the lead with a superb strike from Thomas in the 10th minute.

A swift counter freed Youri Tielemans down the right and his deep cross to the far post was met on the volley by Thomas, whose effort arrowed into the far corner of David de Gea’s goal.

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The Foxes were not ahead for long, however, as United hit back five minutes later through Mason Greenwood.

Amad Diallo found some space down the right and fed Greenwood on the edge of the area. The Red Devils forward still had plenty of work to do, but he jinked his way past a feeble Leicester challenge and drove the ball into the far corner.

Foxes assert their dominance

Leicester started on the front foot again at the start of the second period. Kelechi Iheanacho had a shot blocked and then fired wide from distance.

David de Gea blocked another Iheanacho effort at his near post, as the visitors began to up the pace against a much-changed United side.

Solskjaer turned to Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani off the bench to get a try and get a foothold.

But Leicester went ahead seconds later from a corner as Caglar Soyuncu powered home a header.

Vardy went close with a looping header, with a sliding Tielemans nearly turning it in, as United committed numbers forward.

Another substitute, Bruno Fernandes, shinned an effort well wide as United pushed for an equaliser. However, Leicester held out for a crucial three points and made sure the title was bound for the Etihad.

 

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