Manchester United handed Manchester City the Premier League title on Tuesday night as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City. This is the third Premier League trophy for Pep Guardiola and his men and they are over the moon to say the least.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are fully deserving of the title and have had a fantastic season overall. For Manchester United, they currently will be relying on the UEFA Europa League and focusing on securing the second position in the table.
However, for Leicester City, the tough part is done and they are looking good to secure a UEFA Champions League spot for next season. They are currently at a third position having played an extra game than Chelsea.
The focus for Brendan Rodgers will now shift to the FA Cup final. They are playing Chelsea this weekend for a chance at silverware. Ole Gunnar Solskjær presented a heavily rotated side at Old Trafford with many major names missing. Captain Harry Maguire is currently injured and unavailable.
Leicester City opened the scoring after an absolutely scorching goal from youngster Luke Thomas. It’s his first Premier League and one which he will rewind and watch many times for sure. Iheanacho combined with Marc Albrighton and set Youri Tielemans free on the right.
The Belgian delivered a ball into the penalty box which was slightly over striker Jamie Vardy. However, Thomas came darting in and struck a sweet first-time volley with his left foot. David De Gea had no chance as the ball thundered into the top right-hand corner.
Caglar Soyuncu dampens Mason Greenwood’s efforts
With the experienced men not in action, Manchester United once again looked towards Mason Greenwood for inspiration. And the youngster delivered yet again. He’s quickly turning into a clutch player upon who the manager can trust.
Mason Greenwood combined with Amad Diallo on the right and made a run into the box. With very little space on offer, Greenwood managed to get an inch-perfect shot into the bottom corner and past Kasper Schmeichel’s extended leg. The Leicester City goalkeeper should’ve done better from that angle.
However, in the second half Turkish defender, Caglar Soyuncu once again gave Leicester City the lead on the day with a bullet header. Manchester United made two changes bringing on Marcus Rashford and Edison Cavani just before the corner. Nemanja Matic was given the responsibility to mark Soyuncu but he failed and the defender blasted in past De Gea.
Leicester City had yet another golden opportunity to put the match to bed. Kehechi Iheanacho delivered a cross towards Vardy who gave it back to Tielemans across the face of the goal. However, Tielemans was just late and couldn’t connect.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the end of the match congratulated Manchester City on their win. But he also indicated that United needed more investment. “If you want to take up the challenge with them we need to strengthen our squad,” Solskjaer said. “The whole season has given us optimism and room for optimism but also improvement.
“Congratulations to [City]. They have had a fantastic season. I am very pleased with my boys that have made it to the last 10 days with a Manchester City side ahead of us that are lauded as the best in Europe. We want to take the next step and it might be that we need a couple more to strengthen the squad.”