Leicester storm to victory over Manchester United

Leicester City 5:3 Manchester United
Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014

City became the first team in Premier League history to defeat Manchester United after trailing by two goals, at the KPS on Sunday. A rampant second half display blowing United away…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to the line-up that won at Stoke, with Schmeichel, Cambiasso, Drinkwater and Vardy replacing Hamer, Mahrez, King and Schlupp.
City had plenty of firepower with Ulloa, Vardy and Nugent in the side and clearly planned to go on the offensive but after a bright opening spell they suffered a setback in the 13th minute.
A slick United move had already seen Di Maria thread Van Persie through on goal, but Schmeichel saved the Dutchman’s effort; but he couldn’t deny him two minutes later. Falcao beat De Laet down the left and delivered a far post cross for Van Persie to nod home.

Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014

Three minutes later it looked as though the afternoon might turn sour when United went further ahead. Di Maria exchanged passes with Rooney before producing a sublime chipped finish over Schmeichel and into the net.
But City weren’t cowed and struck back soon afterwards, the sheer persistence of Vardy seeing him cross from the goal-line on the right. Ulloa was waiting at the far post  to plant a header past De Gea to put his side back in the game.
Blind forced a save from Schmeichel and Di Maria screwed an effort wide when well-placed, but City made it to the half way point just a goal behind and with plenty of hope.

Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014
However, it was all United after the break, Falcao rattling the crossbar after being set up by Rooney.
The visitors then restored their two-goal lead in the 57th minute when Herrera applied a deft touch to a Di Maria shot to leave Schmeichel stranded.
City now had a huge task ahead of them to get anything from the game, but they did that, and more.
The incredible fightback began in the 62nd minute…
Vardy raced down the left and put in a robust challenge on Rafael, robbing him of possession. Rafael then nudged him in the back in the area and referee Clattenburg pointed to the spot.
Nugent made no mistake from 12 yards for his first goal of the season.
Two minutes later the KPS was (literally, in parts) rocking as Cambiasso slotted in the equaliser after seizing on a loose ball from a blocked Hammond shot.
Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014

It was all City now and De Laet set up King, on for Cambiasso, for a shot that flew narrowly wide.
In the 79th minute De Laet robbed Mata on the halfway line and played a perfect ball for Vardy, who raced in on goal before giving De Gea no chance with a smart finish for a goal that his incredible performance had deserved.
Vardy still wasn’t finished and beat Blackett down the right before a clumsy challenge in the area from the United defender earned him a red card. With Nugent off the field, Ulloa stepped up and did just as good a job from the spot to put the game beyond a bewildered looking United.

After more manic celebrations many City fans were taking photos of the big screens, unable to believe the 5-3 scoreline.
Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014
This was the fifth game of City’s ‘tough start’. They have 8 points and lie 7th in the Premier League…

Nigel Pearson commented on one of City’s greatest ever performances:

“For us to win away at Stoke and then follow it up by beating one of the major forces in British football is very satisfying. When you add into that coming from 3-1 behind, it is testament not just to our quality, but also the spirit and self-belief.” 

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Hammond, Cambiasso (King 71), Vardy (Schlupp 85), Nugent (James 75), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Mahrez, Wasilewski, Wood.
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Rojo, Blackett, Evans (Smalling 30), Blind, Herrera, Di Maria (Mata 76), Van Persie, Rooney, Falcao (Januzaj 71). Subs Not Used: Lindegaard, Shaw, Valencia, Fletcher.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Attendance: 31,784.

All photos: Simon Kimber.

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