Manchester United 3:1 Leicester City
City were beaten by half time by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday…
Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Wasilewski in for Moore, while Upson made his first appearance on the bench.
City looked reasonably comfortable against the formidable threat of Di Maria, Falcao and Van Persie during the early stages; but possession was hard to come by and a Schlupp effort from the left after a defensive error was a rare chance.
United got a lucky break in the 27th minute which led to their opener. With Kramarić dithering in midfield, Blind nipped in and delivered a precise ball forward to Van Persie, who looked to be half a yard offside before giving Schwarzer no chance with a crisp finish.
Five minutes later the game was all but up for City as United went further ahead.
A Van Persie pass unzipped City’s defence down the left and Di Maria honed in on goal firing a shot at Schwarzer, who palmed it to Falcao for a finish that Wasilewski couldn’t quite prevent.
Just before half-time the destiny of the points was sealed when Morgan nodded a Rooney corner past Schwarzer to put the cap on a miserable 20 minutes for City.
The second half saw Cambiasso on for Vardy, in a more balanced line-up, and an improvement for City against a side no longer urgently pressing forward. Kramarić tried a very ambitious over-head effort that didn’t trouble De Gea.
Januzaj sent one just over the bar for United, while at the other end Ulloa going down in the area failed to get a response from the ref.
Pearson then brought Albrighton and Nugent on for Kramarić and Ulloa and it was Albrighton who delivered a perfect cross from the right for Wasilewski to nod past De Gea for his first City goal.
Any thoughts of a comeback soon passed as Albrighton fired a volley over the bar.
It was a day when City hadn’t done themselves justice, though results elsewhere meant that they didn’t lose any ground.
United: De Gea, Shaw, Jones, Rojo, Di Maria, Falcao (Wilson 80), Rooney, Januzaj, Blind, Van Persie (McNair 68), Valencia (Mata 77). Subs Not Used: Smalling, Herrera, Fellaini, Valdes.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, De Laet, Drinkwater, King, Vardy (Cambiasso 46), Kramarić (Albrighton 62), Schlupp, Ulloa (Nugent 62). Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Upson, Hammond, Hamer.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 75,329.