Manchester United handed the Premier League title to fierce rival Manchester City on Tuesday by losing 2-1 to Leicester City, which ignited its bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

United needed to avoid defeat at Old Trafford to delay City’s title celebrations for at least two more days, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to field a weakened lineup amid a congested fixture schedule proved costly.

Leicester took full advantage and Caglar Soyuncu’s 66th-minute winner lifted the team above Chelsea into third, eight points above fifth-placed West Ham United in the race for a top-four finish.

City holds an unassailable 10-point lead over second-placed United with three games remaining for each team. It has won the league for the third time in four seasons — and seventh time in total.

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