Man City Premier League champions as Leicester City beat Manchester United

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SoyuncuSoyuncu's second-half header secured victory for Leicester and the title for Man City

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons as Leicester City secured their first Old Trafford victory over Manchester United since 1998 to take a major step towards a place in next season's Champions League.

Defeat for United means they are 10 points behind City with only three games remaining.

Caglar Soyuncu's far-post header was enough to bring a smile to Brendan Rodgers' face and that of Pep Guardiola, whose dominance of the English game is increasing.

A United side showing 10 changes to the team that won at Aston Villa two days previously battled hard, with Mason Greenwood levelling after fellow 19-year-old Luke Thomas had put the visitors in front with a fantastic far-post volley into the top corner.

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Ironically, Leicester's winner came from a corner that was delayed by the introduction of two United substitutes by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

One of them, Marcus Rashford, was initially marking Soyuncu at the corner but lost the Turkey international in the build-up and Nemanja Matic was unable to repel the goal threat.

Rodgers' side now only require four points from their final two games to secure a top-four finish, although before that quest resumes, they will attempt to win the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.

Leicester celebrate rare Old Trafford success

Solskjaer had already said he would have no option other than to make mass changes given a fixture list that consigned his team to play three times in five days.

This central fixture was always likely to be the one in which United started with the fewest regular members of their first-choice line-up.

Yet Leicester had reason to be cautious about their good fortune.

Their record against United is awful, with just two wins in 29 previous Premier League meetings and only one success in their last 22 top-flight visits to Old Trafford.

In addition, a run of two wins in six league games brought worrying parallels of the post-lockdown run of two wins from nine matches that saw them miss out on qualification for this season's Champions League thanks to the only two weeks they have spent outside the top four since September 2019.

Thomas' opener was only the third time Leicester had taken the lead in a Premier League game at Old Trafford but the local-born Leicester fan produced a memorable finish to mark it.

The teenager had the maturity to wait for Youri Tielemans' cross to drop before applying the devastating end product, effectively passing the ball over David de Gea and into the far corner of the net with a brilliant side-footed volley.

Greenwood responded with an excellent goal of his own as he collected Amad's pass before driving into the box and beating Kasper Schmeichel with a finish that showed why many now think he should be in Gareth Southgate's squad for Euro 2020.

Southgate will be relieved United skipper Harry Maguire only sustained ankle ligament damage at Villa. But the centre-half was sat in the stand with a protective boot on, so his presence was missed at the corner that proved decisive, both for Leicester and Manchester City.

More to follow.

Player of the match

TielemansYouri Tielemans

with an average of 7.48

Manchester United

Squad number11Player nameGreenwood

Squad number7Player nameCavani

Squad number19Player nameAmad

Squad number1Player namede Gea

Squad number31Player nameMatic

Squad number8Player nameMata

Squad number38Player nameTuanzebe

Squad number27Player nameAlex Telles

Squad number3Player nameBailly

Squad number56Player nameElanga

Squad number34Player namevan de Beek

Squad number18Player nameBruno Fernandes

Squad number33Player nameWilliams

Squad number10Player nameRashford

Leicester City

Squad number8Player nameTielemans

Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton

Squad number25Player nameNdidi

Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü

Squad number33Player nameThomas

Squad number3Player nameFofana

Squad number14Player nameIheanacho

Squad number9Player nameVardy

Squad number27Player nameCastagne

Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

Squad number10Player nameMaddison

Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez

Squad number20Player nameChoudhury

Line-ups

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

1de Gea33Williams3Bailly38Tuanzebe27Telles34van de Beek31Matic19DialloSubstituted forBruno Fernandesat 78'minutes8Mata56ElangaSubstituted forRashfordat 66'minutes11GreenwoodSubstituted forCavaniat 66'minutes

Substitutes

2Lindelöf6Pogba7Cavani10Rashford18Bruno Fernandes23Shaw26Henderson29Wan-Bissaka39McTominay

Leicester

Formation 4-4-2

1Schmeichel27Castagne3Fofana4Söyüncü33Thomas11Albrighton8Tielemans25Ndidi17PérezSubstituted forMaddisonat 65'minutes14Iheanacho9VardySubstituted forChoudhuryat 80'minutes

Substitutes

10Maddison12Ward18Amartey20Choudhury21Ricardo Pereira24Mendy26Praet28Fuchs65Maswanhise

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 1, Leicester City 2.

Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Leicester City 2.

Offside, Manchester United. Alex Telles tries a through ball, but Marcus Rashford is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Brandon Williams with a cross.

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Wesley Fofana.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Hamza Choudhury.

Attempt missed. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Wesley Fofana (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Edinson Cavani (Manchester United).

Substitution, Leicester City. Hamza Choudhury replaces Jamie Vardy.

Substitution, Manchester United. Bruno Fernandes replaces Amad.

Attempt missed. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho.

Attempt blocked. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi.

Offside, Manchester United. Nemanja Matic tries a through ball, but Edinson Cavani is caught offside.

Foul by Youri Tielemans (Leicester City).

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal! Manchester United 1, Leicester City 2. Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner.

Substitution, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford replaces Anthony Elanga.

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