Manchester City have won a fifth Premier League title after neighbours and nearest challengers Manchester United lost to Leicester City at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
The result left second-placed United 10 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side with just three games left in the season.
Faced with the prospect of three games in five days, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 10 changes from the side that defeated Aston Villa, handing a debut to teenager Anthony Elanga with only Mason Greenwood keeping his place.
As expected, the much-changed Red Devils struggled for cohesion and laboured to make inroads behind Leicester’s well-organised defence.
Left back Luke Thomas put the Foxes ahead with a thumping finish in the 10th-minute but United responded quickly through Greenwood’s quick feet and smart finish five minutes later.
United sent on the calvary in Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford just past the hour mark but they found themselves behind immediately after with Cayglar Soyuncu nodding home past David De Gea in the 66th-minute.
Nigerian internationals Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi were brilliant for duration of the encounter and while the former failed to add to his goals and assist tally, he constantly caused problems for United’s back line including carving out a gilt-edged chance for striker partner Jamie Vardy which was spurned.
The victory boosts Brendan Rodgers’ side pursuit of a top-four place and puts them eight points clear of fifth-placed West Ham who have a game in hand.
Man City, meanwhile, can celebrate a fifth title in nine years and a seventh English crown overall.
It is City’s second trophy in a little over two weeks after they beat Tottenham to claim the Carabao Cup and they are also in their first Champions League final after beating Paris St-Germain in midweek.