Manchester City have been crowned Premier League champions for a third time in four season and a fifth time in ten years after local rivals Manchester United were beaten at home by Leicester.
After beating Roma and Aston Villa in the last six days United were forced to face off against fourth place Leicester on Tuesday evening, with another game against Liverpool scheduled for just 48 hours later.
That meant that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to rotate his side and boy did he, making TEN changes to the team that beat Villa just 48 hours prior.
The team included a full debut for 19-year-old forward Anthony Elanga, as well as a Premier League debut for Amad, while David De Gea, Brandon Williams, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Donny Van de Beek and Juan Mata also came into the side as Mason Greenwood was the only player to retain his place.
Leicester started well and took the lead with a stunning goal, as Ayoze Perez crossed to the back post and Luke Thomas volleyed into the top corner from a tight angle for his first goal for the club. United fired back quickly though as Amad found Greenwood, who took a touch away from the defender before slotting into the far corner.
United played some decent football from then on, but the inexperience and lack of chemistry between the side showed in the second half with Leicester controlling the game. They got the winner with 25 minutes to go when Marc Albrighton’s corner found the head of Caglar Soyuncu who slammed home.
The result means City are 10 points clear at the top of the table with just three games to go, meaning they’re now uncatchable at the pinnacle once again.
It’s been coming for a while, with their incredible 15 game winning streak at the start of the calendar year really pulling them away at the top of the league from their rivals. But their domestic dominance is nothing new and Solskjaer admitted after the game that they’re worthy champions and that they’re where United want to be.
The biggest thing the game with Leicester showed United is the difference is squad depth between them and their rivals.
City have been able to make wholesale changes several times this season and maintain results because of the amount of quality options they have available to them, while United were forced to hand out debuts because of just two injuries in their forward area.
As for Leicester, they all but confirmed their place in the top four for this season as they opened up an eight point gap over fifth placed West Ham with the Hammers having just three games left to play. That also means that Liverpool are highly unlikely to see Champions League football next season, less than 12 months after running away with their first league title in 30 years.
It’s the end of a Premier League season that will enter it’s final match days with absolutely nothing to play for in the division, so expect plenty of vibes.