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Manchester City confirmed as Premier League champions after United's defeat by Leicester

Manchester City have been crowned Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons after Manchester United lost at home to Leicester.

Pep Guardiola's side have added the league title to the Carabao Cup and will go in pursuit of a Treble in the Champions League final, against Chelsea, on May 29.

Manchester City had hoped to secure the title against Chelsea at the weekend, but were only made to wait three days with goals from Leicester pair Luke Thomas and Caglar Soyuncu ensuring United are now unable to catch their neighbours. 

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are champions after rivals United lost to Leicester tonight

Caglar Soyuncu netted the vital goal that ensured United lost and City won the league title

Manchester United are now unable to catch their rivals Manchester City in the title race

It only took a minute or so for the City players to take to social media to rejoice at their achievement, with Raheem Sterling leading the way on Twitter.

'It's the champions babyyyy', Sterling said after reacting to the club's Premier League champions confirmation tweet.

Former City goalkeeper and Premier League great Shay Given congratulated his old club on their achievement, applauding their impressive feat of winning three titles in four seasons.

Given tweeted: 'Congrats to my old team @ManCity winning the @premier again 3 titles in 4 seasons. Amazing.'

City great and Sportsmail's Micah Richards was also in a joyous mood at the final whistle, posting a picture of himself and the Premier League trophy inside the Sky Sports studio.

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

Premier League great Shay Given praised his former club on winning the Premier League

Fellow Champions League finalists posted a classy tweet congratulating City on their title win

Man City women's captain Steph Houghton also congratulated the men's side on their title

'We can touch it now!!! Who has got the blue and white ribbons??? Congratulations to everyone @ManCity on securing another @premierleague title,' Richards said.

Man City women's captain Steph Houghton also paid tribute to the club's men's team, congratulating them for their achievement.

Meanwhile, fellow Champions League finalists Chelsea made a classy gesture by saying City were 'worthy champions' in a post on Twitter.

'Congratulations @ManCity, worthy 2020/21 @PremierLeague winners,' the Blues' official Twitter account said.

Confirmation of City's fourth Premier League title also prompted an intriguing debate between BT Sport's punditry team of Robbie Savage, Rio Ferdinand and Joleon Lescott, who were arguing whether Sir Alex Ferguson or Guardiola was the best Premier League manager of all time.

Savage said: 'They were 14th in the table (when Guardiola took over). He's evolved the side. Amazing performances. Pep improves players and for me, he is the best manager I've witnessed in the Premier League.'

United legend Ferdinand insisted that he had to give credit when credit was due and said his old club's rivals were 'deserved champions'.

'You've got to give credit where it's due,' Ferdinand said. 'Pep and his men have bounced back. He went back to the drawing board, fixed things up and they came out flying. Deserved champions.

'Pep, I love him. I think he's a maverick. He thickened up the midfield. It was more about dominating the possession and strangling the life out of teams. What they've done in the last 10 years is ridiculous.'

While fans and players were quick to react to the title win, City themselves weren't waiting about to start the celebrations.

Manchester City unfurled a 'Champions' banner outside the Etihad at the full-time whistle

City fans arrived at the Etihad to celebrate the title win on Tuesday evening

It didn't take long for City supporters to arrive and celebrate outside the club's stadium

Fans had their pictures taken with the 'Champions' banner outside the Etihad on Tuesday

Across the city of Manchester at the Etihad, the new champions unfurled a banner of the City players celebrating below the word 'Champions'.

City fans congregated outside the ground to celebrate the reaching the summit of English football. 

The Premier League is the second leg of what City hope will be a treble triumph in another extraordinary season.

They beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 to lift the Carabao Cup at Wembley last month and overcame Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 on aggregate last week to reach the Champions League final. 

City have never reached that showpiece match but winning the Premier League title will prove a major boost as they begin to plan for Istanbul. 

Despite the prestige of the European final to come, City boss Guardiola had insisted winning the Premier League is the true test of any team.

'Always I've said the Premier League is the most important title,' he said on Friday.

'Financially for the club, qualification for the Champions League is the most important title, maybe, but there is no doubt what is the most important thing.

'Of course the Champions League is so special, it's nice, but this one means consistency and many things.' 

City have been impressive this season and have now won the League Cup and Premier League 

It's been a remarkable campaign for the club, who could yet win the Champions League too

City will contest 61 matches this season, including the Champions League final, averaging one game every four days. 

Guardiola managed more while at Barcelona — 64 in 2012, 62 in 2011 — but the truncated nature of this campaign has made it his most intense yet. 

It is the ninth league title of Guardiola's managerial career following three in Spain with Barcelona, three in Germany with Bayern Munich and now three with City.  

City started the season slowly by their high standards as a result of the short turnaround between the Champions League finals in Lisbon and the new campaign.

They lost 5-2 at home to Leicester City in their second match of the Premier League season and also dropped points against Leeds, West Ham and Liverpool, before a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham. 

Sergio Aguero was delighted with his goal as City overcame Crystal Palace last weekend

Aguero celebrates with John Stones and Benjamin Mendy after scoring at Selhurst Park

Ferran Torres celebrates scoring City's second goal as they moved to the brink of the title

REMAINING FIXTURES

May 14 Newcastle United (A)

May 18 Brighton (A)

May 23 Everton (H)

May 29 Chelsea (location TBC)

Champions League final

However, a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on November 28 sparked a staggering 19-match unbeaten run that included 17 victories and extended through until March.

That incredible sequence propelled them above their rivals and ultimately clear at the top of the Premier League as the challenge of Man United faded.

Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team ended the run with a 2-0 win at the Etihad on March 7, City immediately returned to winning ways and a 2-0 win at Leicester on April 3 meant it was a matter of time before they got over the winning line.

Their 2-0 win at Crystal Palace last Saturday took them to the brink but the postponement of Sunday's match between Man United and Liverpool due to fan protests meant the title couldn't be wrapped up last weekend. 

They then failed to get the job done against Chelsea, losing 2-1 on Saturday, but have now wrapped it up with three games to go following Leicester's win at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. 

City's only disappointment this season came when Chelsea ended their hopes of an historic Quadruple in the FA Cup semi-final last month. 

City have been in irresistible form for the majority of the season after making a slow start

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