Premier League

  • R. van Persie 27’
  • R. Falcao 32’
  • W. Morgan (OG) 44’
  • 80’ M. Wasilewski
3 Half Time 0
Premier League
Old Trafford
Attendance 75,329


    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      KRAMARIC! Wonderful play by the Croatian inside the area, but some desperation defending from Shaw forces Leicester to settle for a corner which comes to nothing as the first half reaches its end.
    • 90'
      The final whistle sounds and we have reached the end of the match at Old Trafford.
    • 90'
      Just a minute left to play now as Leicester win a throw deep in the United end. They are in no rush to take, with the points already settled. This one is just about over!
    • 0'
      I am Alex Moretto and I would like to thank you all for joining me here today. Good bye!
    • 0'
      FULL TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 3-1 LEICESTER CITY. First half tallies from Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and an unfortunate own goal from Wes Morgan made for a comfortable final 45 minutes for the hosts, who put the pressure on Southampton for their game tomorrow, as they jump the Saints and move i
    • 0'
      HALF TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 3-0 LEICESTER CITY. It is a rather surprising scoreline, with the hosts scoring on each of their three chances. They had created very little for the most part in the opening 45 minutes, but as is the sign of any good team, they took their chances well and look well on th
    • 0'
      Matty James misses out on the match as a result of a suspension, while Riyad Mahrez remains on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations. Matthew Upson could make his Foxes debut as a substitute, having finally recovered from a foot injury picked up in the pre-season. Nigel Pearson has made ju
    • 0'
      Michael Carrick is set to miss a month with a ruptured muscle, while Ashley Young still requires more time to recover from a hamstring injury. As a result, manager Louis van Gaal makes three changes to his side following their FA Cup tie with Cambridge United. Robin van Persie starts up top in place
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      LEICESTER CITY SUBS: Konchesky, Upson, Hammond, Albrighton, Hamer, Cambiasso, Nugent.
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      MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Mata, Smalling, Herrera, Fellaini, Valdes, McNair, Wilson.
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      LEICESTER CITY (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, De Laet; Vardy, Drinkwater, King, Schlupp; Ulloa, Kramaric.
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      MANCHESTER UNITED (4-4-2): De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Shaw; Blind, Rooney, Januzaj, di Maria; van Persie, Falcao.
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    • 0'
      Optimism was wearing thin in the Leicester City camp at the start of 2015, and while they remain at the bottom of the table, their hopes of survival suddenly appear a little less dim. With seven points from their last four league matches, the Foxes are now just three points from safety. It will requ
    • 0'
      Manchester United got a much needed win against QPR in their last Premier League match, but their grip on a top four spot is quickly slipping away from them. There is just one point separating the Red Devils from Arsenal, with Tottenham lurking close by as well. It is very important for Louis van Ga
    • 0'
      Good day Premier League fans around the world, and welcome to Old Trafford. Manchester United take to the Theatre of Dreams today in the hopes of keeping their spot in the top four when they take on bottom of the table Leicester City! I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game host, guiding you th
    • 1'
      The hosts kick-off and we are underway on a beautiful, sunny day at Old Trafford. Manchester United in red, moving left to right, Leicester in blue. Here we go!
    • 3'
      Wayne Rooney looks to be in a more central role, at least in the early stages, as the hosts control possession. Leicester have to be wary of their movement off the ball, with Van Persie looking up for the occasion, trying twice to latch on to long balls played over the top.
    • 5'
      With goals having been hard to come by for United, they appear to be wasting no time trying to commit men forward and end their drought here today. Daley Blind is one of the few staying in a deeper role, and he will have such a huge responsibility in defence, providing cover for the back line while
    • 7'
      Danny Drinkwater shows he will not be intimidated early on, staying stride for stride with Di Maria, who was looking to make a run on the left. The Leicester midfielder gives him a strong nudge with his shoulder, toppling over the ex-Real Madrid man and winning back possession for his side.
    • 9'
      There is very little coming of possession from either side as we approach the 10-minute mark. United have yet to really threaten the Leicester back line, while the Foxes hardly look eager to get forward and attack just yet.
    • 11'
      Schlupp puts his side under unnecessary pressure, winning a foot race with Di Maria to track down a ball played over the top following a Leicester corner, and tries to usher the ball behind for a goal kick. The Argentine never gives up chase, keeping the ball in play, much to the delight of the Old
    • 13'
      Andy King commits a soft foul and United have a chance here with the ensuing set piece from 30 yards out. There appeared to be minimal contact made, but the way he lunged into the challenge forced Martin Atkinson into action.
    • 14'
      That's quite a letdown! After much anticipation, Di Maria convinces Rooney to let him take the free kick, but winds up lashing his shot straight into the wall before Leicester clear the threat.
    • 16'
      STAT ATTACK: Manchester United have conceded just twice in their last six matches across all competitions. Their games have featured just seven goals total between them and their opponents over that span.
    • 18'
      The Red Devils create the first half-chance of the match as Van Persie plays Falcao through on goal, but the striker cannot sort his footing as he's forced to retreat. A cross eventually comes in and Januzaj crashes into the back of Simpson, conceding a free kick.
    • 20'
      The pressure is starting to build on the Leicester goal as Manchester United press much more convincingly in possession. They string a number of passes together in and around the area, before Shaw charges into the area. His cross is headed clear by Wasilewski and Di Maria's follow-up shot is sent ov
    • 22'
      Phil Jones is forced off the pitch temporarily as he has a problem with his boots, and Leicester try and capitalize on their numerical advantage. Schlupp latches onto the end of a pass and charges into the area, but Valencia does just enough to put pressure on the winger who sends his shot high and
    • 24'
      This has been a rather cagey first half as we still await the first clear-cut scoring chance. The pressure and momentum United had been building is gone now as Leicester make it difficult for them to break into the final third.
    • 27'
      G R. van Persie Assist D. Blind
    • 27'
      D. Blind provided the assist.
    • 27'
      It's the newest Leicester signing, Andrej Kramaric, who gives the ball away in his own end to Daley Blind. The ex-Ajax man takes a few strides forward and sends an exceptional chipped-pass over the top for Van Persie, who smashes it back across goal and into the bottom corner with a brilliantly take
    • 27'
    • 29'
      STAT ATTACK: Manchester United's last four Premier League matches have been tied at half-time, three of which ended 0-0 after 45 minutes.
    • 31'
    • 32'
      G R. Falcao Assist D. Blind
    • 32'
      Van Persie picks up the ball just inside his own half and does so well to beat a defender before playing Di Maria behind the defence. The Argentine sees his shot saved, but Falcao shows great determination to follow up and bundle it over the line.
    • 33'
      There is still plenty of game left, and although it seems like a near insurmountable deficit for Leicester, it is so vital that they do not get discouraged and let this game get out of hand. They have plenty of quality going forward and will draw some confidence from the five goals they put past the
    • 34'
      D. Drinkwater gets yellow.
    • 35'
      United have slowed the tempo, though it was hardly very fast-paced to begin with. The hosts pass the ball around at the back and it appears already like they are content with keeping possession and seeing this through to half-time.
    • 37'
      Leicester are not closing down on the ball nearly quick enough and are making it far to straightforward for United in possession. The visitors have had a hard time creating turnovers in midfield, instead waiting for the hosts to make a mistake or see one of their attacks go out for a goal kick. They
    • 39'
      STAT ATTACK: Leicester have just 17 points from 22 matches. The lowest total they have accrued in the Premier League at this stage of a season in which they avoided relegation was 26 in 1996-97.
    • 41'
      Close to a third! Wonderful breakout play from United who catch Leicester lacking in numbers at the back. Di Maria and Falcao try and play a give-and-go, but the Argentine's return pass runs a bit far, forcing the Colombian to retreat. He picks out Rooney at the top of the area, who sees his cross h
    • 43'
    • 44'
      It will go down as an own goal via a corner kick. Rooney's delivery is flicked on smartly by Blind at the near post, and Morgan cannot react quick enough as a scrambled header wind up in the back of his net.
    • 45'
      There will be just one minute of stoppage time...
    • 46'
      SI E. Cambiasso SO D. Blind
    • 46'
      J. Vardy is done for the day. E. Cambiasso is his replacement.
    • 46'
      Leicester City get the second half underway with a mountain to climb at Old Trafford.
    • 48'
      The change made by Nigel Pearson at the break certainly is not a positive one, as the lively James Vardy is replaced by Esteban Cambiasso, with the visitors hoping to shore up their side in midfield and prevent this defecit from growing any bigger.
    • 50'
      The second half has started awfully slow and we can expect much more of this throughout the second half. United are comfortably in front and likely will not feel the need to push the pace too much, while making sure to smother Leicester and prevent them from finding a way back into the game.
    • 52'
      Jones concedes a free kick from 30 yards out to the left of goal with a foul on Schlupp. The chance is not taken by the Foxes, however, as Cambiasso's delivery is cleared by the first defender. The visitors keep possession, but the attack fizzles out at Kramaric's acrobatic volley sails over the bar
    • 54'
      STAT ATTACK: Manchester United had won nine consecutive Premier League matches against Leicester City before their 5-3 defeat at the King Power Stadium earlier this season. They had outscored the Foxes 23-3 over that span.
    • 56'
      United are the ones who look likelier to score again, bringing plenty of width to their play. They have lacked a good cross, however, which has been a theme of the match for the hosts from open play, with Schwarzer having a relatively easy task to come out and collect.
    • 58'
      NEARLY A FOURTH! Rooney is played in behind the defence, but passes up a shot to try and set up Falcao for a tap in. His pass across the area is a bit too heavy, forcing the striker wide, and the chance fizzles out without a shot at goal.
    • 60'
      Possession is being dominated by United, who continue to dictate play in midfield. Leicester look discouraged as ever, likely accepting their fate. I cannot understand their lack of urgency, however, as they continue to resist pressuring the ball, which has made life incredibly easy on the Red Devil
    • 62'
      SI M. Albrighton SO D. Blind
    • 62'
      SI D. Nugent SO D. Blind
    • 62'
      D. Nugent comes on for L. Ulloa.
    • 62'
      M. Albrighton enters the game and replaces A. Kramarić.
    • 62'
      Penalty claims turned aside! There was no real case for Ulloa there, who needed to stay on his feet after a wonderful run forward and first touch to take him behind the defence. He lacks the pace to get through on goal, instead trying to cut around Jones before falling to ground in search of a penal
    • 64'
      The substitutions seems to have brought a bit of life into the Leicester side, but it may be too little, too late. They win another free kick on the left, this one from over 40 yards out, however, and Cambiasso's delivery is easily collected by De Gea.
    • 66'
      STAT ATTACK: Leicester had a chance to extend their unbeaten run on their travels in the Premier League to three games by avoiding defeat today, for the first time since December to January of 2003/04.
    • 68'
      SI P. McNair SO D. Blind
    • 68'
      P. McNair enters play, replacing R. van Persie.
    • 68'
      INCREDIBLE REACTIONS! United put themselves under pressure at the back and Nugent gets by Jones near the byline. The substitute tries to knock the ball past De Gea and run onto it for an easy tap in, but the keeper rushes off his line and sticks a strong hand out to prevent the ball from getting pas
    • 70'
      Important touch from Daley Blind! The Dutchman reads the game so well and provides more great defensive cover here as Nugent again gets the better of Jones on the left. The striker tries to thread a ball through for Albrighton, but the ex-Ajax man tracks back and gets a foot out to direct the ball s
    • 72'
      It is all too comfortable for United when they are in possession. While it has not been the most difficult task for them, they are doing a wonderful job of passing it around in midfield and playing keep-away from their opponents. The Foxes are showing a bit more urgenc now, but it is far too late fo
    • 74'
      Following a United corner, Leicester muster up a threatening looking counter attack. They are not nearly decisive enough in possession, however, and as the attack slows it gives the hosts a chance to get back and sniff out the chance.
    • 76'
      Sensing that Leicester are trying to mount one last push for a consolation goal, United have slowed the tempo and are back to passing the ball around near the half-way line. They are showing no urgency to push forward, nor do they need to, as they attempt to see out the final 15 minutes and keep the
    • 77'
      SI Mata SO D. Blind
    • 77'
      Mata comes on for A. Valencia.
    • 78'
      STAT ATTACK: Barring a late consolation goal, Leicester City will have been held scoreless in eight of their last 10 Premier League matches against Manchester United.
    • 80'
      G M. Wasilewski Assist D. Blind
    • 80'
      SI J. Wilson SO D. Blind
    • 80'
      R. Falcao is replaced with J. Wilson.
    • 80'
      Assist by M. Albrighton.
    • 80'
      Leicester keep possession following a corner and Albrighton is played through on the right before sending a lovely ball across goal for Wasilewski to head home for his first goal in three years! Jones' marking was very poor there, completely losing track of the Polish centre-back.
    • 80'
    • 82'
      Van Gaal watches on from the touchline and looks a bit disappointed with the way his side have coasted through the last 15 minutes or so. United have done very little with their possession, while Nugent and Albrighton have certainly helped the threat posed by Leicester going forward.
    • 84'
      FIRED OVER! Surely they can't get another?! Leicester have a spring in their step now and are just giving United something to think about in the closing minutes. Wasilewski tries to return the favour, heading a ball down into the path of Albrighton, but the substitute's half-volley sails just over t
    • 86'
      Wonderful run from Di Maria to get on the end of a ball over the top. He is behind the defence as he gets into the area, but lacks composure as he scuffs his half-volley well high and wide. He had Wilson surging forward in the centre and could have done with sending a ball across the face of goal.
    • 88'
      They have surely done enough to see it out now. The clock winds down with United comfortably in possession yet again. They aren't forcing anything, and with Leicester having tired themselves out, this should be a fairly straightforward finish for the hosts.
    • 90'
      There will be three minutes of added time as indicated by the fourth official.

    Line Up




    Ole Gunnar Solskjær
    northern ireland
    Brendan Rodgers



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 8 12
    Yellow Cards 0 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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