Match ends, Leicester City 4, Manchester United 2.
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.
- 6EvansReplaced forVestergaardon 88 ‘minutes
- 21Ricardo Pereira
- 10MaddisonReplaced forPérezon 73 ‘minutes
- 14IheanachoReplaced forDakaon 77 ‘minutes
- 1de Gea
- 29Wan-BissakaBooked for 84 minutes
- 2LindelöfBooked after 52 minutes
- 6PogbaBooked in 86 minutes
- 31MaticReplaced forMcTominayon 80 ‘minutes
- 11GreenwoodReplaced forLingardon 80 ‘minutes
- 18Bruno Fernandes
- 25SanchoReplaced forRashfordon 65 ‘minutes
- 7Cristiano Ronaldo
- 34van de Beek
- Craig Pawson
Second half ends, Leicester City 4, Manchester United 2.
Attempt saved. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.
Error from Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in his own half.
Goal! Leicester City 4, Manchester United 2. Patson Daka (Leicester City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner after a set piece.
Error from Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United).
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Try missing. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) left footed shot from the center of the box to the right. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes with a cross.
Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.
Substitution, Leicester City. Jannik Vestergaard replaces Jonny Evans.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Error from Paul Pogba (Manchester United).
Patson Daka (Leicester City) wins a free kick in his own half.
Try missing. Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.
Attempt blocked. Left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City). Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.
Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patson Daka.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Harry Maguire.
Attempt blocked. Left-footed shot from Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) outside the box is blocked.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.