Manchester City got crowned as the Premier League champions for the third time in the history of four seasons. Leicester City secured their first Old Trafford victory over Manchester United since 1998 to take place in the Champions League next season.
United’s defeat means they are 10 points adrift of City with only three games left.
Caglar Soyuncu‘s far-reaching headline was enough to bring a smile to the faces of Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola. Whose dominance of the growing English game.
The United side, who have shown ten changes to the winning team at Aston Villa in the past two days, have struggled hard. With Mason Greenwood equalizing after 19-year-old Luke Thomas put the visitors ahead with a far-flung volley in the top corner.
Ironically, Leicester’s winner came from a corner that got delayed. By introducing two replacements for United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Marcus Rashford initially had marked Soyuncu in the corner but lost to the Turkish international in the build-up. And Nemanja Matic was unable to retaliate.
The result ended United’s 14-match unbeaten league game. Since losing at home to Sheffield United on January 27.
Rodgers’ side now needs just four points from their last two games to defend the top four. Although before the start of the campaign, they will try to win the FA Cup for the first time. In the club’s history against the team Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.
Leicester City celebrates Old Trafford’s rare success.
Solskjaer had already said he had no choice but to make a significant change. By being given a list of games that sent his team to play three times in five days.
This midfield game has always been where United started. With a few regular members in their first choice line.
However, Leicester had reason to be cautious with their good fortune.
Their record against United is poor, winning only twice in the last 29 Premier League meetings. And only one win in their previous 22 appearances at Old Trafford.
In addition, winning twice in six league games has brought a disturbing resemblance. To the playoffs after losing two trophies in nine games.
They have missed out on this season’s Champions League qualification. Due to just two weeks spent without the top four since September 2019.
Thomas’ opening was only the third time Leicester had led a Premier League game at Old Trafford. But a local Leicester fan produced a memorable marking conclusion.
The boy had the maturity to wait for the cross of Yii Tielemans. Before inserting the destructive product, successfully passing the ball to David de Gea. And in the far corner of the net with a volley facing away.
Greenwood responded with good intentions when he collected Amad’s world. Before driving to the box and hitting Kasper Schmeichel with a touchdown.
That shows why many now think he should be in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020.
Southgate will only be relieved when United captain Harry Maguire gets sidelined with a hamstring injury at Villa. But the center was sitting in the stand with a protective boot.
So his presence was missed in the corner that decided both Leicester and Manchester City.
No protests but the leaky Old Trafford roof
Many of the protests led to the postponement of the scheduled match. Against Liverpool on May 2 have led to peace talks from United chairman Joel Glazer.
The protest may never happen but after 16 years of involvement. It is not surprising that many fans are skeptical.
They look at the Glazer family’s stay of their club almost exclusively with bad names.
To prevent a recurrence of these earlier scenes. Restrictions got imposed on the Old Trafford court, and many police and security personnel were on duty.
As it turned out, there are no protesters, but the process will be repeated in two days when Liverpool visits again. Despite what happens next week.
But when Old Trafford has about 10,000 fans back in the final home game of the season against Fulham, it will be fun.
As if sketching was not the only group for United fans to worry about. A leak in the roof meant journalists were sitting in a water line in bad weather. At night was proof of the need to invest in infrastructure like that.
What did the management say?
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, speaking to BBC Sport: “We’ve had a lot of games lately. And we had to make changes, and that’s a little bit of a challenge.
“I know that well what he can do to finish the game, with all the other challenges, his stamina, and how he led the line tonight.
“He had thought that he needed to take all the responsibility and do that all the night. But I had to get rid of him because he has played three games in five days.
“However, we did a little bit of training yesterday, and this morning, therefore we didn’t have much enough time to prepare. And you probably saw that early.”
The team Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, speaking to BBC Sport: “It sounds very excellent. I’m delighted with the win and the performance. We started well and got a magnificent goal.
“This move was perfect for our view. It was a fantastic finish from Luke Thomas. But we invited the pressure through a slow pass.
“I’m supremely pleased with the players because we’re disappointed after they last played.”