Match report: United 1 Leicester City 2
Manchester United were beaten at a rain-sodden Old Trafford as Leicester City won 2-1 against a much-altered Reds line-up.
Mason Greenwood had equalised early in the first half, after the Foxes took a 10th-minute lead through Luke Tomas against a team with 10 changes from our win at Aston Villa on Sunday.
But United ultimately fell short against Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup finalists as Caglar Soyuncu headed in a 66th minute winner to hand the Premier League title to Manchester City and help Leicester's own ambitions of a top-four finish to land Champions League football next season.
United had already completed that European spot job ourselves at Villa Park and, with a fourth match in eight days against Liverpool on Thursday night at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s selection couldn’t find a way to victory.
FIRST HALF - FOXES STRIKE FIRST BUT MASON LEVELS
Inevitably, with multiple changes to United’s XI, Leicester seized the opportunity to grab a hold of the match and dominated early possession. The Foxes quickly turned that supremacy into a goal when they took the lead after 10 minutes.
The Reds were on the back foot and were opened up down the right before a far-post cross from Youri Tielemans was met with a thunderous and brilliant connection as Thomas volleyed high into David De Gea’s net for his first Premier League goal.
But full credit to Ole’s men who didn’t crumble, got back on our feet and were level five minutes later.
Amad, making his Premier League debut, provided the assist as Greenwood extended his hot streak as he scored his eighth goal in his last 11 appearances with a skidding right foot drive past Kasper Schmeichels outstretched boot.
After the early goal rush, neither side could then summon up any chances to test either goalkeeper again as the half settled into an uneventful affair with little in way of any goalmouth action.
Jamie Vardy did threaten late in the half as he ran onto a pass but his push on Axel Tuanzebe ended the chance for the visitors to go back ahead.
SECOND HALF - LEICESTER GRAB THE WIN
There was an opportunity for Greenwood to notch his second of the game after 54 minutes when Alex Telles fired over a superb free kick, but our striker’s glancing header, getting the slightest of touches, went off Castagne for a corner.
It was a bit of respite for the Reds as Leicester started to dictate the play. It took a near-post stop from De Gea to foil in-form hitman Kelechi Iheanacho after being put through by Tielemans. United were under pressure and struggling to get a foot in the door in the second half.
Solskjaer’s reaction to the difficult period was to bring on strikers Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford for Elanga and Greenwood after 65 minutes.
It was a 517 joint-career goal injection into the sluggish Reds, but before either touched the ball, Leicester went 2-1 ahead just 16 seconds after the switches. Turkish defender Soyuncu climbed above Nemanja Matic and thumped a header past De Gea from Marc Albrighton's right-wing corner.
Leicester were almost further ahead in the 73rd minute when an Iheanacho cross was met by Vardy who sent a header to the back post. Tielemans, racing in, just couldn’t connect and slammed into the post instead.
Bruno Fernandes came on in the 78th minute and had the only real chance to salvage a point but the normally dead-eyed Portuguese midfielder could only screw his attempt well wide, after good approach work by Telles and Mata.
United: De Gea, Williams, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Telles, Matic (c), van de Beek, Amad (Fernandes 78), Mata, Elanga (Rashford 65), Greenwood (Cavani 65)
Subs not used: Henderson, Lindelof, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Pogba.
Goal: Greenwood 15.
Leicester City: Schmeichel (c), Castagne, Soyuncu, Fofana, Albrighton, Ndidi, Tielemans, Thomas, Perez (Maddison 65), Iheanacho, Vardy (Choudhury 80).
Subs not used: Ward, Amartey, Ricardo Pereira, Mendy, Praet, Fuchs, Maswanhise.
Goals: Thomas 10, Soyuncu 65.