Published:14 May 2021
Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side was defeated 2-1 by Brendan Rodgers' Leicester City under the lights at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
It was a game that mattered more to Manchester City, Leicester City, and Liverpool than it did to Manchester United, ironically. The Cityzens' victory over the Red Devils has formally confirmed their status as national champions for the 2020/21 season.
Meanwhile, Liverpool's hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season have been severely harmed by Leicester City's three-point victory.
Solskjaer sparked eyebrows by naming a starting lineup that included ten changes from the side that beat Aston Villa comfortably on Sunday. Except for Mason Greenwood, who scored the game-winning goal in Birmingham over the weekend, no player kept their starting spot on Tuesday night.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho also gave promising academy star Anthony Elanga his senior debut and Amad Diallo his first start for the club.
The game started with a dominant Leicester City team taking an early lead thanks to Luke Thomas. After Youri Tielemans reached him with a perfectly weighted cross at the far post, the 19-year-old full-back volleyed the ball home.
Greenwood and Amad Diallo worked well in the final third to equalise for Manchester United, and the English striker defeated Kasper Schmeichel with a sublime finish. Greenwood's goal came five minutes after Thomas' tenth-minute goal.
The Red Devils were unable to repeat previous comebacks this season, as the Foxes forced their hand and retook the lead in the second half.
Caglar Soyuncu scored a crucial goal for his team with a thumping header from a corner, beating Nemanja Matic in the air to convert Marc Albrighton's lovely shot.
Manchester United called on the cavalry in the form of Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani. Still, it was in vain as Leicester City kept on to their lead to increase their chances of qualifying Champions League next season. Manchester United will now prepare for their match against Liverpool on Thursday at Old Trafford.