Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

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There were only 54 seconds between Marcus Rashford equalizing for Manchester United and Jamie Vardy, making it 3-2 for Leicester

Leicester City increased the pressure on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær as they ran fully deserved winners in a thriller at King Power Stadium.

Manchester United at one point threatened to steal a point from a terrible performance, but the Foxes gathered to secure their best win in an indifferent start to the season.

The defeat ends United’s English league record with 29 games unbeaten run from home.

It all started so well for United when Mason Greenwood’s brilliant long-range attack put them ahead after 18 minutes, but Leicester were just before half-time when returning Harry Maguire, who had a nightmare afternoon, was robbed by Kelechi Iheanacho to set up Youri Tielemans for a nice finish.

Leicester City were far superior after the break and took the lead when Caglar Soyuncu triggered a barrage of late goals as he struck in a goal in goal with 12 minutes to go.

Marcus Rashford, back as a substitute after three months out after shoulder surgery, appeared to have got United out of the hole as he ran on to Victor Lindelof’s long ball to apply an emphatic finish four minutes later.

It was a sign of how bad United were that they were behind again right from the restart when Ayoze Perez pulled the ball back for Jamie Vardy to flash a finish high past David de Gea.

There should be no comeback this time, and Patson Daka bundled into the far post for fourth in stoppage time.

Foxes finally take shape

It is inevitable that a lot of focus will be placed on the mistakes of Manchester United and manager Solskjær, but Leicester deserve huge credit for a performance that got them back to their best after a mixed start to the season.

The presence of Jonny Evans in the defense provided security and quality, while Iheanacho tormented Maguire, who delivered a worn and misplaced screen.

Leicester may have fallen behind the Greenwood stunner, but they never lost faith for a second, and it was no surprise when Tielemans showed his quality with the clipped finish over De Gea in the far corner after Maguire inexplicably dawdled on the ball. .

It gave Leicester real momentum and they dominated the second half, with only De Gea keeping the score down as they swarmed over United.

Soyuncu put them back in front, but it looked like their excellence might not be rewarded with a win as Rashford rushed a leveler home.

Once again, Leicester showed determination and quality to hit United again within seconds, and that was it. They did not let the lead slip this time.

United were on the ropes and Leicester kept them there when King Power Stadium rocked in party.

Daka’s goal was the final decoration on an excellent display, leaving manager Brendan Rodgers brilliant after a spell when asked his own questions – ridiculous given the fact that he brought the FA Cup to Leicester City last season.

He hopes this is a boost for their season.

‘Grim and shambolic’ – Man Utd deliver a choker

Maguire, back in the side after an injury, set the tone for Manchester United’s performance – and indeed his own – as he ran the ball into tame contact with just seconds away.

Greenwood’s goal should have kicked United to life, such was the quality, but it was a grim, disorganized display that got exactly what it deserved.

United, who missed the injured Raphael Varane, were shambolic in the back, ineffective in midfield, and Cristiano Ronaldo was a peripheral figure who could not conjure up any of the old magic.

Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba were overrun in midfield. The Serb was heavy, while Pogba’s main contribution was a series of offenses that finally gave him a caution late.

As for Solskjær, he looked lost on occasions in his technical area, bringing McTominay and Jesse Lingard to Matic and Greenwood as Leicester went 2-1 in the slam of desperation as opposed to a considered strategy.

For a team with such quality, and one that has gotten so much money drowned out, United looked like a fuss in the final stages and it would have been a big snag if they somehow got away with a point.

United have lost and drawn at home to Aston Villa and Everton in their last two league games at Old Trafford, and only one last gasping win from Ronaldo saved them against Villarreal in the Champions League.

Solskjaer now faces a massive week with Atalanta at home in the Champions League on Wednesday, followed by a huge meeting with arch-rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday 24 October.

The player of the match

DakaPatson Daka

Leicester City

  1. Troop number29Player nameDaka

  2. Troop number17Player nameAyoze Perez

  3. Troop number9Player nameVardy

  4. Troop number8Player nameTielemans

  5. Troop number23Player nameVestergaard

  6. Troop number14Player nameIheanacho

  7. Troop number4Player nameSoyuncu

  8. Troop number10Player nameMaddison

  9. Troop number6Player nameEvans

  10. Troop number21Player nameRicardo Pereira

  11. Troop number27Player nameChestnuts

  12. Troop number42Player nameSoumare

  13. Troop number1Player nameFlattery

  14. Troop number18Player nameAmartey

Lineups

Leicester

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Flattery
  • 18Amartey
  • 6EvansReplaced forVestergaardon 88 ‘minutes
  • 4Soyuncu
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 8Tielemans
  • 42Soumare
  • 27Chestnuts
  • 10MaddisonReplaced forPérezon 73 ‘minutes
  • 14IheanachoReplaced forDakaon 77 ‘minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 5Bertrand
  • 7Barnes
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12department
  • 17Pérez
  • 20Choudhury
  • 23Vestergaard
  • 29Daka
  • 37Lookman

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-BissakaBooked for 84 minutes
  • 2LindelöfBooked after 52 minutes
  • 5Maguire
  • 23Shaw
  • 6PogbaBooked in 86 minutes
  • 31MaticReplaced forMcTominayon 80 ‘minutes
  • 11GreenwoodReplaced forLingardon 80 ‘minutes
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 25SanchoReplaced forRashfordon 65 ‘minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 3Bailly
  • 8Eye
  • 10Rashford
  • 14Lingard
  • 20Dalot
  • 26Henderson
  • 27Such
  • 34van de Beek
  • 39McTominay

Judging:
Craig Pawson

Presence:
32,219

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