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Tame Leicester edged out by Rashford penalty at Old Trafford

Manchester United 1:0 Leicester City

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An eighth minute Rashford penalty proved to be the difference between City and United in a disappointing game at Old Trafford on Saturday…

Brendan Rodgers made two changes to his side with Gray, handed his first start of the season, and Choudhury in for Barnes and Albrighton.
Rarely had City travelled to Old Trafford with such a sense of expectation, and there was the added edge of Harry Maguire, who was booed by the travelling fans.

But it was United who went close in the 2nd minute. Ricardo floored James on the edge of the area and Pereira’s free-kick was heading just inside the near post before Schmeichel beat it away, colliding heavily with the post. It left him limping, but he soon recovered.
Two minutes later there was a chance at the other end. A huge ball forward by Schmeichel was nodded on by Vardy. Maddison outmanoeuvred Lindelöf and fired a shot from 8 yards that de Gea blocked with his knee.
But it was United who took an 8th minute lead. Söyüncü and Rashford chased a ball in the penalty area that was heading away from goal. Söyüncü challenged and got the ball, but Rashford made the most of the contact and Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot.
Rashford sent Schmeichel the wrong way to put United ahead.
The home side had their tails up for a spell and City were on the back foot, unable to put any moves together.
In a rare move forward Gray broke into the box but his progress was halted by Lindelöf.
Atkinson was incurring the wrath of the City fans, allowing several United fouls to pass, and then halting play with City on the attack, when James went down injured.
City began to press forward on the half hour and won a series of corners. One of them was half cleared to Chilwell on the edge of the area and he chested it down and launched a dipping shot, which de Gea clawed out from under the bar.
City dominated possession up to the break, but struggled to create any chances. Söyüncü had a shot charged down and it went meekly through to de Gea. Choudhury then combined well with Gray down the right, but his near post shot didn’t test the United keeper and City went in a goal down at the break.

Early in the second half Vardy out-witted Maguire down the right and flashed a low ball across goal, but no one was there to take advantage.
It was perhaps the only moment that Vardy had got the better of Maguire all game.
At the other end James cut in from the left and fired narrowly over the bar from the edge of the area. Mata then forced a save from Schmeichel as United enjoyed a decent spell.
Tielemans was then fouled on the edge of the area, but Maddison sent his free-kick narrowly wide.
Brendan Rodgers made his first change in the 57th minute, bringing Pérez on for Choudhury.
On hour Tielemans lined up a long-range effort but it flew high and wide of the target.
City had the lion’s share of possession by now, but couldn’t find a way through.
Barnes replaced Gray in the 66th minute.
Maddison earned a yellow card for a foul on McTominay, his frustration boiling over after they had clashed all afternoon.
With 8 minutes remaining United almost went further ahead when Rashford rattled the angle of post and bar with a 30-yard free kick.
City’s best chance of an equaliser came in time-added-on. A Pérez cross from the right was nodded away by Maguire but sat up for Ndidi. His shot went a yard wide of the right hand post.
City’s unbeaten run was over, and an opportunity to beat an under-strength United side had been missed.

Brendan Rodgers summed up: “I thought we deserved something from the game. We didn’t start well but we had a great chance to take the lead. We gave away a soft penalty and that ultimately decided the game. In the second half, we played well and it looked like it was coming but we couldn’t find that last pass.”

Man Utd: de Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Young, McTominay, Matic (Fred 67), Pereira, Mata (Chong 70), James (Tuanzebe 90), Rashford.
Substitutes: Jones, Fred, Romero, Greenwood, Gomes.
Leicester: Schmeichel: Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Gray (Barnes 68), Tielemans, Choudhury (Pérez 57), Maddison, Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Morgan, Albrighton, Ward, Praet.

Referee: Martin Atkinson. Attendance: 73,689.

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Goal-shy Leicester edged out by United

Leicester City 0:1 Manchester United

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City got off to their usual poor start and then failed to take their chances against Manchester United at the KPS on Sunday…

Claude Puel made one change to the side that drew at Anfield, with Barnes in for the injured Albrighton, while new signing Youri Tielemans didn’t make the squad.
City had conceded within the first eleven minutes for four games running and they got an early warning shot across the boughs. A good cross from Shaw found Rashford unmarked at the far post but his header missed the target from close range.
But this was only a temporary reprieve. In the 9th minute Ricardo played a ball infield from the right back position that went past Mendy, allowing Pogba to send a superb ball over the defence to Rashford. He cushioned it down into his path before crashing a shot past Schmeichel.

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This left City chasing the game again, and United were fairly content to sit back.
In the 15th minute Maddison found a bit of room after some pinball on the edge of the area, but Shaw flew in to block his shot.
Maddison then set off on a run through the middle but had his heels clipped by Lingard who was yellow carded by Mike Dean.
City were doing all the attacking at this stage as proved by a pigeon that wandered round undisturbed in City’s half for a good 15 minutes. Maddison shot straight at De Gea, and Bailly stuck his head in the way of a fierce Gray shot.
A couple of City corners then saw Maguire penalised for a foul and Evans heading wide when he looked well placed to score against his former club.
As City pressed forward again Ricardo was hauled down by Matic, earning a yellow card. Although Maddision’s free kick went wrong, the ball ended up with Barnes who sent a curling effort a yard wide.
City were almost caught out in first half injury time after a poor touch from Mendy, but Rashford’s shot didn’t test Schmeichel.

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City came racing out of the blocks at the start of the second half.
Barnes combined well with Maddison in a crowded area but sent his shot flying across the face of goal from a tight angle. Then Maddison swerved his way past two challenges in the area before finding the side-netting with a low shot.
But United managed to calm things down and Rashford sent a shot wide. Mendy on a yellow card, was lucky that Mike Dean didn’t see him wrestling Pogba to the ground in the build up to this chance.
City went close in the 61st minute after Matic brought Vardy down 25 yards out.
Maddison’s free-kick looped up off the wall but Vardy’s overhead volley was saved by De Gea, who manged to grab the ball before Barnes could nip in.
Claude Puel then made his first change, replacing Maddison with Ghezzal, and it wasn’t popular. Loud booing and chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing!” rang out.
United looked comfortable at the back at this stage, with City reduced to a couple of wildly off-target shots from Ndidi and Barnes, Puel made another change with Okazaki on for Gray.
In the 77th minute Shaw fouled Ghezzal 25 yards out. Ricardo stepped over the ball and Ghezzal fired an excellent shot towards the top right hand corner, but De Gea reacted superbly to tip it over.

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Three minutes later Ghezzal delivered another free-kick, , nodded back by Maguire, for Evans who missed the ball completely with the goal at his mercy.
Puel then replaced Mendy – who looked a likely contender for Mike Dean’s 100th red card with a series of fouls – with Iheanacho.
With two minutes remaining United broke upfield and Pogba set up Lukaku for a drive that forced a good save from Schmeichel.
Play then switched to the other end with a storming 60 yard run down the right from Barnes. He found Vardy in the area, but his hurried first time effort went tamely straight into De Gea’s arms.
In the 90th minute Ghezzal crossed for Iheanacho who produced a bizarre headed clearance that sent United racing forward, but Schmeichel managed to save Martial’s effort.
City final change came in the fourth minute of time-added-on when a Ghezzal cross bounced through to Maguire, but it reached him at an awkward height and his half-volley flew wide of the far post.
United had now won nine and drawn one of their ten games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but they hadn’t really had to get out of third gear to claim the points.
Another poor start and some wasted chances saw another home defeat for City, who had been better than United for much of the game but also managed to look strangely disjointed at times.
Claude Puel wasn’t happy:  “When you see all the chances and half-chances we had, we deserve a minimum of a draw. I think it’s not a fair result but I’m angry about our poor performance at the beginning of the game. To concede another goal early, to have to chase the game is always difficult. I don’t understand sometimes, it’s crazy. At the beginning we don’t believe enough in our quality because after when we play, we play forward with good intention and can hurt a team like United.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy (Iheanacho 84), Ndidi, Gray (Okazaki 74), Maddison (Ghezzal 62), Barnes, Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Ward, Fuchs, Choudhury.
Man Utd: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Lindelöf, Shaw, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard (Jones 90), Sánchez (Martial 67), Rashford (Lukaku 78).
Substitutes: Mata, Fred, Dalot, Romero.

Referee: 
Mike Dean. Attendance: 32,148.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Early gift costs Leicester at Old Trafford

Manchester United 2:1 Leicester City

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An early penalty presented United with a 3rd minute lead as City lost 2-1 at Old Trafford on Friday night in the Premier League’s opening game..

Claude Puel started with Maguire, but his England team-mate only had a place on the bench, with Iheanacho up front. Possibly the biggest surprise was Amartey at right back with Ricardo right midfield.
And it was Amartey who gifted United the lead soon after kick off. A Sanchez shot was blocked by Morgan, and as the deflection went past Amartey he needlessly stuck out an arm. Pogba did a comedy run-up to the penalty spot before lashing the ball into the top right hand corner, giving Schmeichel no chance even though he guessed right.
However, after this rocky start to the season City settled into a passing rhythm that saw them dominating possession for much of the first half.
Maddison delivered a good free-kick into the area, which Pogba cleared, Ndidi fired a low long-range effort straight at de Gea and then Iheanacho sent an angled shot narrowly wide, but was marginally offside.
In the 28th minute Maddison was denied a debut goal when de Gea brilliantly saved his angled half-volley from 12 yards. Soon after Ricardo’s 30-yarder struck Pogba and looped up over the bar. Gray then sent Iheanacho in on goal, but he couldn’t quite shake off the attentions of Lindelof who snubbed the chance out.
Only late in the half did Schmeichel have anything to do, making comfortable saves from Pogba and Shaw.
After that early set-back City had controlled the game, without finding that cutting edge needed to get past de Gea.

The second half was more even, though there were few chances at either end.    Schmeichel fielded a Darmian shot at the second attempt and de Gea had to palm away a Chilwell cross. But a change was needed, and Puel made a double substitution in the 63rd minute, bringing Vardy and Ghezzal on for Amartey and Maddision.
Mata had a shot deflected wide by Morgan’s arm and was furious to see a goal kick awarded.
City had a great chance in the 76th minute when Vardy’s persistence saw him rob Shaw of the ball on the byline, before delivering a low cross to the near-post. Although Gray got a foot to it, de Gea made another fine save to deny City again.
Two minutes later substitute Lukaku had the goal at his mercy 10 yards out, but Schmeichel advanced swiftly and blocked the shot with his legs.
With ten minutes remaining Puel brought Silva on for Iborra as City chased the game, but it was soon out of their reach.
In the 83rd minute Shaw ran into a yawning space on the left side of the penalty area. His first touch was poor but lucky and it took him round Ricardo, before he jabbed the ball across Schmeichel and into the net.
City pressed forward in the closing stages, but Vardy misconnected with a volley sending it way over the bar.
He did start the season with a goal, however, as the game went into time-added-on.
A Ricardo cross from the right evaded everyone in the area and struck the left hand post, where Vardy was rewarded for following it up and nodded home from a yard out.
A late corner, which Schmeichel came up for, caused some late tension, but it was headed wide and City had kicked off 2018-19 with a defeat.

It had been an encouraging display by City, but for two weak moments in defence not enough presence up front, and Claude Puel was happy enough:  “The first half with all the chances we could have, we have to perform and to score and to come back into the game. We didn’t find the good clinical edge in this moment but it was a very good first half, good intensity in the play, good pressing, good quality and I was happy about the performance.”

United: De Gea, Darmian, Bailly, Lindelöf, Shaw, Fred (McTominay 76), Pereira, Pogba (Fellaini 84), Mata, Rashford, (Lukaku 67), Sánchez.
Substitutes: Martial, Smalling, Grant, Young.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey (Ghezzal 63), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Adrien Silva (Iborra 80), Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira, Maddison (Vardy 63), Gray, Iheanacho.
Substitutes: Evans, Albrighton, WardFuchs.

Referee: Andre Marriner. Attendance: 74,439.

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Maguire’s late leveller stuns Man United

Leicester City 2:2 Manchester United

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Jamie Vardy’s 50th Premier League goal, and a last gasp equaliser from Harry Maguire earned ten-man Leicester a point against Manchester United at the KPS on Saturday night…

Claude Puel made one change to his his last Premier League line-up with Fuchs in for Chilwell, and City had some defending to do as United probed for an opening in the early stages. Within the opening couple of minutes, Lingard and Mata had shots blocked before an unmarked Smalling sent a header over from close in.
Lingard then fired in a shot that took a touch off Maguire, and Schmeichel did well to react to the change of flight and touch it over.

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Schmeichel then had to be alert to save a well struck 18 yarder from Pogba as the United pressure continued.
Martial beat Simpson down the left and crossed, but Lukaku’s attempted over-head kick went all wrong.
But all United’s early domination came to nought when City took a 27th minute lead with a superbly worked counter.
A well-judged 50 yard pass from Ndidi sent Mahrez racing forward, he let the ball bounce over his head and then, faced with Smalling, he then simply waited a few seconds before teeing up Vardy who had raced forward ahead of the defenders and he slotted his 50th Premier League goal past de Gea.
This lead for City appeared to rattle United. Pogba sent a long range shot a mile over the bar, and Lindelof was booked for a nasty challenge on Iborra.
City looked comfortable for a while, defending well and always poised to strike with a counter attack, but they couldn’t hold on to their lead until the break.
In the 39th minute Martial’s cross from the left took a deflection off Simpson and fell to Lingard who laid it back to Mata, who sent a precise shot through a crowded area into the bottom right hand corner.

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City should have regained the lead a minute before the break when Albrighton delivered a cross from the right to the far post, but an unmarked Maguire took a heavy touch instead of attempting a first time shot and the chance was gone.

City began the second half well, with Mahrez back to his best. Matic earned a yellow card for a tug on the Algerian after he had ghosted round him, and then Mahrez roasted Young down the right before delivering a penetrating low cross. It reached Fuchs at the far post but he opted to blast rather than place, and his shot hit Lindelof.
Bu things started to go wrong for City in the 57th minute. Simpson had to limp out of the action, replaced by Armartey, and then United took the lead on the hour.
There was an air on tension as Mata lined up a free-kick on the edge of the area, and although it was brilliantly struck there were questions raised by Schmeichel’s efforts to save in what appears to be his Achilles’ heel as it flew into the net.

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Claude Puel brought Okazaki on for Iborra in the 65th minute and roles were now reversed with City pressing forward, but prone to the swift counter attack.
United should have sealed the game in the 71st minute when Lukaku sent Lingard through, and he rounded Schmeichel before sending his shot against the post.
Amartey’s unhappy 17 minute cameo then came to an end as he picked up a second yellow card for a needless foul on Rashford, and City now faced an uphill task.
Another United break saw Pogba send Rashford in with only Schmeichel in front of him,  but the City keeper got a fingertip to the ball before Rashford was upended, and Jon Moss made his best decision of the night.
In the 84th minute the inconsistent Moss racked up the wrath of the home fans further when Smalling used Maguire as a stepladder as they contested a high ball into the box, for as obvious a penalty as you could hope to see.
Smalling then picked up an injury as the clock ticked down and with no more subs United tried to reorganise their defence.
Smalling was returning to the pitch after some treatment when City delighted their fans with an equaliser in the 4th minute of time-added-on. Albrighton’s superb swinging cross to the far post saw Smalling leaving Maguire free and he presented the home crowd with a huge Christmas present with a neat finish.

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City had narrowly avoided three home defeats in a week, with a display of huge character and a little luck.

Claude Puel was delighted with the result: “With a positive attitude we stayed in the game and continued to believe in ourselves. It was difficult but with our positive attitude we stayed in the game and believed in ourselves. It’s a good result for all of us because the belief keeps going. It’s fantastic for the future.”

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Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, (Amartey 57), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Ndidi, Iborra (Okazaki 67), Mahrez, Gray (Chilwell 80), Albrighton, Vardy. Substitutes: King, Hamer, Dragovic, Slimani.
Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelöf, Smalling, Jones, Young, Pogba, Matic, Mata (Mkhitaryan 83), Lingard (Herrera 76), Martial (Rashford 71), Lukaku.
Substitutes: Rojo, Ibrahimovic, RomeroShaw.
Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 32,202.

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Leicester sunk by subs at Old Trafford

Manchester United 2:0 Leicester City

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Late lapses from City denied them a point from a decent display, with United subs Rashford and Fellaini sealing a 2-0 win for the early pacesetters.

Craig Shakespeare stuck with the starting XI that beat Brighton, and they got off to a good start, although Morgan had to block a Mkhitaryan shot in the first minute.
At the other end, a curling 25 yarder from James went narrowly wide.
A long ball forward then evaded Vardy by inches as de Gea came out to collect.
Morgan blocked another Mkhitaryan shot, the ball looping up into Schmeichel’s grasp as Mata closed in.
United had the ball in City’s net in the 18th minute, when Schmeichel saved a Lukaku shot but Mata netted the rebound. The offside flag looked harsh.
United had a head of steam up now and Pogba met a Martial cross at the far post but sent his shot back across goal and wide of the left hand post.
A minute later Schmeichel stretched to save a Mata effort that was heading for the top left hand corner.
A rare atack for City saw Vardy collect a long ball and tee up Okazaki for a low 20 yard shot that de Gea saved comfortably.
With United pressing forward again, Pogba unleashed a 25 yarder that narrowly beat the the left hand post.
Pogba followed this up with a couple more long range efforts that went well wide, and then continued his shooting frenzy as half time approached, forcing a good save from Schmeichel and sending another one narrowly wide.
It was all United up to the break, but Lukaku sent a header wide and City held out.

City were still on the back foot early in the second half, and United were awarded a penalty when Simpson handled a Martial cross that hit him on the arm from close range. It looked harsh, but Lukaku sent his spot kick too close to Schmeichel, who pulled off a fine save.
City then had an attacking spell of their own, with Mahrez looking dangerous. He skinned Jones inside the area, but de Gea managed to block his near post shot.
Craig Shakepeare made a double change on the hour, bringing on Gray for Albrighton, and King for Okazaki and Gray was soon haring forward, though his pass to Mahrez was too late and his shot was blocked by Jones.
Mahrez then tricked his way past Blind before firing a shot across goal, but no blue shirt was on hand to divert it goalwards.
In the 67th minute Mourinho brought Rashford on for Mata and the game swung in United’s favour again.
Rashford had a shot blocked by Maguire, who had been superb in City’s defence again, but the sub didn’t have long to wait for a goal.
A Mkhitaryan corner from the right found Rashford, completely unmarked ten yards out, and his sidefooted effort struck the turf and deceived Schmeichel, spinning through his attempted parry.
Slimani replaced Vardy as Shakespeare sought a way back into the game, but it was a United sub, Fellaini who would seal the game for United.
In the 82nd minute, United’s 100% start was confirmed when Lingard fired a shot goalwards and Fellaini stuck out a knee to divert it into the net. He looked fractionally offside, but the goal stood, and there was no way back for City.
In time added on Gray delivered a low cross from the right, but King’s near post effort was blocked by de Gea.
Lukaku’s last chance at becoming the first United player to score in his first three games was frustrated by a Morgan block.
It was a decent showing from City, but United were already looking like title contenders.
Craig Shakespeare summed up: “We knew we would have to frustrate them coming here and for large parts of the game, I thought we did that and did it really well. Of course we needed to do a bit better with the ball at times but I felt for large chucks of the game to 70 or 75 minutes, we did. We frustrated and restricted them. We knew they’d have moments. Then they managed to capitalise on the big moments.”

United: de Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind, Pogba, Matic, Mata (Rashford 67), Mkhitaryan (Fellaini 74), Martial (Lingard 76) Lukaku. Subs Not Used: Smalling, Romero, Herrera, Darmian.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray 60), Okazaki (King 60), Vardy (Slimani 76). Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Iheanacho, Hamer, Amartey.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 75,021.


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‘Embarrassing’ Leicester collapse against Manchester United

Leicester City 0:3 Manchester United

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Three goals in eight minutes, either side of the break, were enough to see City buried by United at the KPS on Sunday evening…

Claudio Ranieri made two changes to his side, with Musa and Okazaki in for Gray and Albrighton, and City got off to a decent start.
City probed United’s defence with free-kicks and corners, but United had the first shot on target when Rojo curled an effort straight at Schmeichel.
Vardy then sent Musa into the area, but Bailly produced a fine tackle to deny him a shot on goal.
At the other end Mkhitaryan teed up Rashford, but the youngster fired a hurried over from a good position.
Mata was very lucky not to see red for a two footed and late challenge that sent Vardy spinning through the air on 28 minutes, and United had gradually taken control of the game.
In the 35th minute an Ibrahimovic turn set up Pogba, who fed Rashford in the area. Schmeichel got down smartly to his low shot and turned round the foot of the post.
It was all United now, but any hopes that City could make it to the break on level terms were cruelly dashed.
In the 42nd minute Mkhitaryan knocked the ball round Huth on the halfway line and sprinted for goal, outpacing Morgan and angling a shot in off Schmeichel’s right knee.
If this was a big blow for City, then worse was to follow just over a minute later.
Valencia’s low cross from the right, found Ibrahimovic unmarked and he side-footed past Schmeichel from the penalty spot.
Just before the break Okazaki had a shot blocked by Pogba, but Ndidi’s well-struck follow up was too close to de Gea to trouble him.

It was difficult to see a way back for a side that hadn’t scored a league goal in 2017, and things got worse early in the second half.
City, with King and Gray on for Musa and Okazaki, were defeated by the 49th minute.
Mata and Mkhitaryan combined well in the box to unzip City’s defence with ease and Mata prodded the ball under Schmeichel from close range, putting the game to bed.

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It was damage limitation now, and Schmeichel got down well to an angled drive from Rashford.
City spent the rest of the game chasing shadows, a Mahrez free-kick into the sidenetting being the closest they came to a consolation goal.
The only other incidents involved bookings to Herrera, Pogba, Valencia and de Gea, as United showed a level of commitment that had long deserted City.
Schmeichel produced a fine save late on to deny Pogba and he was one of the few City players who deserved any credit on the night.
The City keeper was brutally honest after the game:
“Let’s not talk about last season. It’s gone. There are a lot of factors that go into it but this season has not been good right from the start. We are a group of players low on confidence but not low on fight. It is not a comfortable situation. It has been terrible, embarrassing. It is time for each one of us – from the top to the bottom of this club – to stand up and be counted. If we don’t, we will be relegated.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Mahrez, Okazaki (Gray 46), Musa (King 46), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Albrighton, Kapustka, Zieler, Benalouane.
United: de Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo (Blind 46), Mata (Fellaini 77), Ander Herrera, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Rashford (Young 83), Ibrahimovic. Subs Not Used: Martial, Lingard, Carrick, Romero.

Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 32,072. 

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Leicester dismantled at Old Trafford

Manchester United 4:1 Leicester City

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A first half defensive horror show for City saw them trail 4-0 at half time at Old Trafford on Saturday…

Claudio Ranieri retained the same side that beat Burnley in the previous league game, though the team news was dominated by the fact that Jose Mourinho had dropped Wayne Rooney.
United enjoyed a good opening spell, probing at City’s defence without finding an opening, but then City had a good few minutes of their own.
A well worked corner saw Drinkwater teed up on the edge of the area. His shot, and then Amartey’s follow up were both blocked, before Huth fired well high and wide from a narrow angle.

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But City went a goal down in the 22nd minute. A Blind corner from the left was nodded in by Smalling who was barely marked at the far post.
If that goal had been against the run of play, the rest of the half was all United.
Ibrahimovic sent Rashford in on the right but the youngster miscued his shot.
Ibrahimovic then cut through the defence, took a ball from Pogba on his chest, but then fired over with the goal at his mercy.
City were now looking fragile at the back and Zieler had to move smartly to tip a 30 yarder from Pogba round the post.
A second looked almost inevitable for United, and it came in the 37th minute when Lingard set up Mata in the area and he steered home a precise half-volley.
Three minutes later City’s afternoon got worse when they were caught napping by a quickly taken Blind corner. Mata, completely unmarked at the near post, squared for Rashford to net from close in.
Two minutes after that it was 4-0 was City conceded their third goal from a left-sided corner, this time Pogba easily rose above Fuchs and directed a neat header beyond Zieler for his first United goal.
A shell-shocked City were pleased to hear the half-time whistle.

Fortunately the rout did not continue after the break, with Ranieri making changes that both rested his star players for Tuesday night, and tightened things up for damage limitation – King and Gray replacing Vardy and Mahrez.

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There were few incidents in a subdued second half, though City fans had something to cheer on the hour. Gray  looked to be well marked on the left, but cut inside Lingard and launched a superb long range shot across De Gea and into the far corner.
With Schlupp on for Albrighton, City pressed forward in search of a second goal.
It should have arrived in the 68th minute, when a Schlupp cutback found King in space, but he sent a tame shot straight at De Gea.
Gray then tried a repeat of his goal but this time De Gea clawed it away.
The match petered out with the result a forgone conclusion before half-time.
City showed some character to ‘win’ the second half, but the inability to defend corners needs to be addressed very quickly.

Claudio Ranieri commented: “It’s not possible to concede three goals from a corner, that means you are not concentrating, and that’s it, the match was gone in the first half. We are very solid on corners and free-kicks, it is very difficult to score against us, but today it was very, very strange for us.”

United: De Gea, Bailly, Pogba, Mata (Young 87), Ibrahimovic, Smalling, Lingard (Carrick 78), Blind, Rashford (Rooney 83), Herrera, Valencia. Subs Not Used: Rojo, Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Fellaini.
Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Amartey, Mahrez (King 46), Albrighton (Schlupp 62), Vardy (Gray 46), Slimani. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Hernández, Ulloa, Okazaki.

Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 75,256.

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