Manchester City wins English Premier League title after Manchester United lose


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Manchester City won the Premier League title for the third time under Pep Guardiola, after second-placed Manchester United's 2-1 home defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday.

The result at Old Trafford leaves United with 70 points from 35 matches, 10 behind City with three games left to play in the 2020-2021 campaign.

Despite a home defeat by Chelsea at the weekend, City have enjoyed a magnificent turnaround this season after picking up 12 points from their first eight games -- their worst start since 2008-09.

Since then they have been head and shoulders above their rivals and since hitting the top have looked unstoppable.

After losing at Tottenham Hotspur in November, they won 22 of their next 27 matches, including a 15-game winning run and a record-equalling 11 successive away league wins.

"This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other," Guardiola said after City were confirmed champions on Tuesday. "This was the hardest one. We will always remember this season for the way that we won. I am so proud to be the manager here and of this group of players.

"To come through this season, with all the restrictions and difficulties we've faced -- and show the consistency we have is remarkable. It is relentless."

The title marks the latest landmark in Guardiola's glittering career at the club. After joining City in 2016, Guardiola landed his first league title at the Etihad a season later, as he masterminded a superb campaign where the club finished with a league-record 100 points.

City retained their title the next season, as Guardiola's men edged Liverpool in a thrilling title race, finishing on 98 points -- a point ahead of Jurgen Klopp's side. In addition to domestic league glory, Guardiola has also lifted the League Cup four times in a row, as well as the FA Cup in 2019.

Guardiola's success at City also means he has won three league titles in every division he has managed, following his triumphs in La Liga with Barcelona and the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.

Among his players, Zack Steffen is the first American to the win the Premier League, while Sergio Aguero overtakes David Silva to become the club's most-decorated player with 15 trophies.

Manchester City have three league games remaining, against Newcastle, Brighton and Everton, before attention will turn to the club's first-ever Champions League final.

The club's latest league title moves them on to seven in total, with Manchester United still out in front on 20.

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Pick Greenwood, Gareth! Man Utd's on-fire forward can be England's Euros wildcard 12 May, 2021 - 03:00am

It seems hard to believe now but, just over a month ago, Mason Greenwood's form was a cause for concern among some Manchester United fans.

Go back to the start of April and the forward had just one Premier League goal to his name.

However, an exquisite finish in Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at home to Leicester means Greenwood has now netted five times in his past five outings.

It's been a remarkable turnaround for the Bradford native, whose current run of eight goals in 11 appearances in all competitions has seen him become the highest-scoring teenager in United's long and illustrious history.

Greenwood's hot streak has also given him a very real chance of an England recall.

Remember, after making his international debut in Iceland last September, Greenwood was then thrown out of Gareth Southgate's squad after having been found to have breached the country's quarantine protocols. 

He was subsequently demoted to the Under-21s but just two weeks before Southgate names his squad for this summer's European Championship, surely Greenwood has propelled himself back into contention.

Greenwood's finishing has never been in doubt. He is considered the most natural finisher at United. Left foot, right foot – it doesn’t matter to the 19-year-old, who has also been working hard in recent weeks and months on improving his heading ability.

As a former former himself, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has long been a fan of Greenwood's, so it was no surprise to see him singing the youngster's praises after the Leicester game.

"I thought Mason was absolutely fantastic," the Norwegian told BBC Sport. "I know what he can do finishing-wise. But I was impressed with all the other things tonight: his robustness, resilience and the way he led the line. He thought he needed to take responsibility and he did that throughout."

Solskjaer, though, also deserves credit for the way in which he helped Greenwood through personal issues earlier in the season by taking him out of the firing line and publicly telling everyone he had "a knock".

Greenwood has since recovered remarkably well from his early-season setback with England and is maturing in his decision-making, on and off the field.

Indeed, his work-rate and all-round game have improved significantly. Even when he wasn't scoring at the turn of the year, his displays were being warmly received by his manager.

However, both Greenwood and Solskjaer will be absolutely delighted that the goals are flowing again.

Tuesday's strike ultimately proved purely academic, as a United side featuring 10 changes from the one which triumphed at Aston Villa on Sunday suffered a defeat that meant Manchester City were crowned champions.

However, his goal represented another timely reminder of his enormous talent and potential. 

His neat footwork saw him get past four Leicester players in the box before beating Kasper Schmeichel with a clinical far-post finish.

Greenwood has been learning plenty from veteran striker Edinson Cavani but his innate footballing skills so often shine through in his goals.

And it is that natural talent which could see him force his way into Southgate's thinking, particularly now that the England manager can call upon 26 players for the Euros. 

Greenwood is unlikely to be a starter but his rare mix of power, finesse and lethal finishing could have a devastating impact off the bench.

“Gareth knows Mason can turn a game around in a split-second,” Solskjaer said. “He’s working, learning on the job, getting more robust and he’s played more than 100 games for us and is our top goalscorer as a teenager. He’s been incredible.

“He’ll have a long, long future with England and I’m sure Gareth will think long and hard about which 26 he’s going to pick."

On this form, though, Greenwood would be an excellent choice.

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Solskjaer eyes up some summer business

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to strengthen his squad in the summer to catch up with newly crowned Premier League title winners Manchester City.

The Reds' 2-1 Old Trafford defeat to Leicester City means we can no longer catch our Manchester neighbours and ensures Pep Guardiola’s Blues win the 2020/21 crown as a result.

Solskjaer already has his eyes on some business in the close season to step up the challenge even further come August at the start of the 2021/22 campaign.

However, the boss was happy that United had stretched the title race into the final fortnight of the season.

Solskjaer accepted hunting down the Blues is not going to be an easy task but one he is up for leading.

Ole had to dig deep into his current squad to cope with the strain of third match in six days against Leicester with a fourth in eight on Thursday against Liverpool.

Today's stories include Sancho transfer rumours, plus reaction to Cavani's contract.

The manager has his say after the 2-1 loss at Old Trafford and singles out some of his players for praise.

Check out some topics for discussions and key stats from the narrow defeat to the Foxes.

Solskjaer's reaction to the Leicester defeat

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Fernandinho admits it has been an honour to captain Man City to title

Daily Mail 11 May, 2021 - 05:23pm

By Jack Gaughan for the Daily Mail

Manchester City captain Fernandinho has paid tribute to his team-mates after his side sealed the Premier League title when Manchester United lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City.

'I am so proud and so happy with what we have achieved,' the 36-year-old Brazilian said. 'The Premier League is the hardest league in world football — every single game is tough.

'To win it again means the world to me and the rest of the squad. To captain this team is an honour and a privilege because the players have given their all throughout the season, whether in training or in matches. The teamwork has been amazing.

Fernandinho (top) has paid tribute to his Manchester City side's Premier League title success

The midfielder (with trophy) has been key to helping City win the title three times in four years

'Football is everything to us and we strive every single day to be as good as we can be in the hope we can bring success to Manchester City. Winning the Premier League title is the ultimate fulfilment of our ambitions. 'It's what we all dreamed of as young players, so to do it is a wonderful feeling.'

Fernandinho also paid tribute to the City supporters and promised his side will now turn all their efforts to winning the Champions League final when they face Chelsea on May 29.

'We have missed the fans so much,' Fernandinho said. 'We wanted to do this for them. We will enjoy this moment and we hope the fans do too.

But this is the first time Fernandinho has landed success while being captain of the side

City supporters celebrate their club winning the Premier League after Man Utd's defeat

'Rest assured we will continue to do everything we can to bring the Champions League home this season.'

Shortly after City's title was confirmed winger Raheem Sterling tweeted: 'What's that smell? …IT'S THE CHAMPIONS BABYYYY'

There then followed a torrent of tweets from his team-mates celebrating City's success.

'Champions of England… again,' wrote German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan who chipped in with 12 league goals. 'I would have preferred to celebrate this moment after (our) own game, but I take it anyway — what a season!'

Kevin De Bruyne was more to the point: 'Another One,' he tweeted.

Raheem Sterling leads the celebrations after City are confirmed as Premier League champions

Sergio Aguero celebrated his fifth Premier League title with Manchester City on Twitter

City defensive duo Aymeric Laporte (left) and Rodri (right) watched United's defeat at home

And Sergio Aguero tweeted: 'Champions! Proud of this team!'

Central defender Aymeric Laporte, who watched the match from home with team-mate Rodri, tweeted: 'CHAMPIONNNNES CHAMPIONNNNES OLE OLE OLE'.

Former City midfielder David Silva, now at Real Sociedad, won four titles in a City shirt and he tweeted: 'Champions!! Congrats guys!! Totally deserved it!!'

Gary Lineker was effusive in his praise. 'Congratulations to Man City on winning the Premier League title,' he said. 'A truly superb team full of wonderful players, brilliantly coached by Pep Guardiola.'

Rio Ferdinand said: 'Credit where it's due. Pep went back to the drawing board, fixed things up and they came out flying. Deserved champions.'

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Solskjaer: Manchester United MUST strengthen to challenge Man City

Daily Mail 11 May, 2021 - 03:57pm

By Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer congratulated Manchester City on winning the Premier League title and admitted he needs new signings this summer to compete with Pep Guardiola next season.

Manchester United's first league defeat in 15 games at home to Leicester City on Tuesday night saw City crowned champions, and Solskjaer is already looking at how he can close the gap on his neighbours.

'If you want to take up the challenge with them we need to strengthen our squad,' said the United boss.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has congratulated Manchester City on their Premier League title victory

'Congratulations to them. They've had a fantastic season but I'm very pleased with my boys that we have made it to the last 10 days with a 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.'

Having tied Edinson Cavani to a new one-year contract, it's understood that United are looking to bring goalkeeper Tom Heaton back to Old Trafford from Aston Villa on a free transfer - a move that would cast further doubt over David de Gea's future at the club.

Solskjaer made 10 changes for United's third game in six days ahead of Thursday's clash with Liverpool who saw their top-four hopes dented by Leicester's win on Tuesday night.

Solskjaer was forced to make 10 changes from the weekend, and brought in Anthony Elanga

Fringe players like Donny van de Beek (left) and Brandon Williams (centre) also started

However, the Norwegian once again defended his team selection after giving league debuts to Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga.

'It can't be like this again,' he added. 'It's impossible and that's the reason we made the changes.

'It's unheard of. It is impossible for the players to perform at this level going Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday.'

Ironically, United conceded the decisive goal at a corner immediately after sending on Cavani and Marcus Rashford for Diallo and Elanga in the 66th minute.

Solskjaer admitted that it was the wrong moment to make substitutions, but felt that referee Craig Pawson should have awarded a throw-in instead.

The Norwegian admitted that making his double substitution at a corner was a mistake

'That's one of those golden rules isn't it? You don't make subs,' he said. 'First of all, it should have been thrown-in not a corner. But we should have done better of course.'

Earlier, the United manager confirmed that captain Harry Maguire faces a race against time to be fit for the Europa League final against Villarreal on May 26 after suffering ankle ligament damage in Sunday's win at Aston Villa.

Maguire was on crutches at Old Trafford last night and Solskjaer said: 'He's obviously had the scans and the good news is there is no fracture.

'There's ligament damage but hopefully we will see him again this season. Hopefully, he'll be ready for the final.'

Solskjaer confirmed that Harry Maguire had sustained ligament damage on his left ankle 

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was delighted to see his team clinch three vital points in their bid for a Champions League place before they face Chelsea in the FA Cup final this weekend.

'It's a huge step,' said Rodgers. 'We've got to 66 points now but there are still two games to go.

'We've done some great work to get to this stage. It's amazing. We can get ready to take on the Champions League finalists and chance for history at the weekend.'

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Man Utd 1-2 Leicester: Soyuncu heads Old Trafford winner

Football365 11 May, 2021 - 02:31pm

Date published: Tuesday 11th May 2021 8:31 - News Desk

Caglar Soyuncu’s thumping header gave Leicester’s top-four hopes a huge shot in the arm as they condemned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s scratch Man Utd side to the defeat that saw Man City crowned Premier League champions.

The hosts’ 10 changes at Old Trafford gave Brendan Rodgers’ stuttering outfit a great chance to get their Champions League qualification push back on track ahead of playing in their first FA Cup final in 52 years.

Leicester took that opportunity as they won a league match at Old Trafford for the first time since 1998, with Soyuncu sealing a 2-1 triumph after Mason Greenwood had cancelled out Luke Thomas’ stunning early volley.

Second-placed Man Utd were assured of a top-four finish regardless of this result, but the loss means City have now wrapped up a third Premier League title in four years.

The Foxes now look well placed to join the Manchester sides in next season’s Champions League, with Thomas’ exquisite volley and a towering Soyuncu header propelling them back to third ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.

This defeat came at the midway point of United’s five-day Premier League triple-header, with Solskjaer’s mass changes clearly showing his priority is Thursday’s rearranged match against bitter rivals Liverpool.

Security measures had been stepped up markedly around Old Trafford in the first home match since that postponement, with riot vans dotted around the ground despite the next anti-Glazer protest not being planned until Thursday.

Solskjaer will be hoping that match can go ahead after making sweeping changes against Leicester, with 19-year-old academy talent Anthony Elanga coming in for his debut as 18-year-old January arrival Amad Diallo made his first start.

This match kicked off just 50 hours after Sunday’s 3-1 win at Aston Villa, where skipper Harry Maguire sustained ankle ligament damage that saw him sat in the stands with crutches and his left foot in a boot.

The England defender was audibly frustrated as former club Leicester capitalised on the much-changed hosts’ incoherency, with the opener coming with just 10 minutes on the clock.

Alex Telles was caught out of position and Nemanja Matic failed to track Youri Tielemans’ run. The Leicester midfielder swung a cross from the right to the far post, where Thomas produced a superb left-footed volley back across goal into the top right-hand corner.

It was an incredible way for the full-back to open his Premier League account, but the lead lasted just five minutes.

Determined Diallo outmuscled Thomas on the right and played inside to Greenwood, who followed great footwork under pressure with a precise low strike beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester probed but failed to get away another shot on David De Gea’s goal, although the United goalkeeper did have to tip a Tielemans cross-shot over his own bar.

Kelechi Iheanacho had a snapshot blocked early in the second half, with Telles whipping over a fizzing free-kick that Greenwood was just unable to connect cleanly with.

In-form Iheanacho was looking most likely to put Leicester back ahead and peeled behind Matic in the 59th minute, only for De Gea to save his shot from an acute angle before United eventually hacked clear.

Solskjaer turned to substitutes Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani in the 66th minute in a bid to change the dynamics of a match that was threatening to swing Leicester’s way.

The introductions’ first job was to defend a corner, which Marc Albrighton sent over from the right. Soyuncu shook off Rashford and got above Matic to power a header into the top left-hand corner as United’s soft underbelly from set-pieces was exposed once more.

Leicester’s relief was palpable and they looked to add more. Tielemans collided with the post as he attempted to meet a Jamie Vardy header back across goal, with substitute James Maddison firing wide form 20 yards.

United upped the ante in the closing stages and Bruno Fernandes flashed a shot wide, but Leicester held out for an important victory.

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