Premier League

  • C. Smalling 22’
  • Mata 37’
  • M. Rashford 40’
  • P. Pogba 42’
  • 59’ D. Gray
4 Half Time 0
24/09/2016
Premier League
Old Trafford
Attendance 75,256

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      United work the ball around smoothly on the edge of the Leicester penalty area before Lingard skips down the right wing and picks up possession in a pocket of space, but he's slightly offside and the linesman's flag is quickly raised as a result.
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      Rooney picks up the ball midway inside the Leicester half of the pitch and immediately flicks a lovely pass out to Valencia, who is in a great position deep down the right wing, but the Ecuadorian is slightly offside and the linesman's flag is raised just as he's about to fire a cross into the penal
    • HALF TIME
    • 90'
      Herrera is fouled as he tries to muscle his way towards the Leicester penalty area, resulting in a free-kick for United. They take it short and work the ball around patiently before sending it back to the halfway line, where they hold on to it in an attempt to run down the clock.
    • 0'
      Despite their decision to take their foot off the pedal slightly in the second half, it was an incredibly easy afternoon for United, who dominated from start to finish and never looked like losing their lead after the first goal went in. Leicester were never able to bounce back from what was a horri
    • 0'
      FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 4-1 LEICESTER CITY
    • 0'
      The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half.
    • 0'
      United have absolutely demolished Leicester in what has been an awful 45 minutes for the reigning champions. They started the game well but have looked all over the place at the back, where mistakes by Simpson, Huth and Fuchs gifted the home side with three of their four goals. The United front line
    • 0'
      HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 4-0 LEICESTER CITY
    • 0'
      The two sides are making their way out on to the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
    • 0'
      Meanwhile, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has made seven alterations to the side that featured against Chelsea in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, with Marcin Wasilewski, Ben Chilwell, Demarai Gray, Andy King, Jeffrey Schlupp, Shinji Okazaki and Ahmed Musa all making way for Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs, Riy
    • 0'
      Jose Mourinho has decided to make eight changes to the United side that started the win against Northampton during the week, with the most notable exclusion being Wayne Rooney, who drops to the substitutes’ bench to be replaced by Juan Mata. Also back in the starting line-up are David De Gea, Antoni
    • 0'
      Leicester City substitutes: Hamer, Hernandez, Schlupp, King, Gray, Ulloa, Okazaki.
    • 0'
      Leicester City XI (4-4-2): Zieler; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Amartey, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Vardy, Slimani.
    • 0'
      Manchester United substitutes: Romero, Rojo, Fosu-Mensah, Young, Carrick, Fellaini, Rooney.
    • 0'
      Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Mata, Rashford; Ibrahimovic.
    • 0'
      There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
    • 0'
      With United in such worrying form, Leicester will no doubt be quietly confident about their chances here today. They are certainly well poised to make life difficult for the Red Devils thanks to in-form strikers in Jamie Vardy, who has scored in three of his four games against United, and Islam Slim
    • 0'
      Many were predicting doom and gloom for Leicester after such an outstanding season last time out, but the Foxes have made a relatively solid start to the new campaign and head into today’s clash just two points behind United. They stumbled at the start of the season with a shock defeat away to Hull
    • 0'
      Whilst a record of nine points from five games isn’t disastrous, United already find themselves six points behind league leaders Manchester City, who have dominated thus far and will no doubt prove to be incredibly tough to catch. Not since 1986 have United lost two of their opening three home leagu
    • 0'
      All eyes will be on Jose Mourinho today as the under-pressure Portuguese tries to bounce back from a miserable few weeks. Despite guiding his United side to a 3-1 win against Northampton Town on Wednesday evening, defeats against Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford have made September a month to
    • 0'
      Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League game between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford.
    • 1'
      And we're off! United get us underway, attacking from left to right.
    • 3'
      After an even start to the game from both sides, Rashford darts down the left wing on a marauding run. He tries to take on Simpson but is unable to find a way past the Leicester full-back, and Amartey then cuts in to win the ball back for the visitors before he's dragged to the ground by the United
    • 5'
      Pogba sends a cross-field pass that finds Valencia deep down the right flank, and the full-back controls the ball well before swinging a dangerous cross into the heart of the Leicester penalty area. It's met by Morgan but the defender can only send the ball flying out to Blind, who tries to beat Zie
    • 6'
      Rashford cuts inside from the left wing, but once again Morgan is there to cut out the danger before thumping the ball out for a throw-in. United come back once again before Valencia tries to fire a cross in from the right, but Fuchs is there to send the ball flying behind for a corner.
    • 7'
      Zieler is just about able to deal with the corner but his punched clearance isn't entirely convincing. The ball finds its way out to Mata, who then swings in a looping cross that deflects on to Ibrahimovic, but the striker's first-time volley fails to trouble the Leicester goalkeeper and clears the
    • 9'
      Pogba charges through the middle of the pitch before teeing up Ibrahimovic, who is in a good position just outside of the Leicester penalty area. The striker immediately sends a lovely through-ball past Morgan and into the path of Rashford, who had made a great run into the box, but Zieler darts out
    • 11'
      Chance for Leicester! Valencia loses the ball deep down the right flank and allows Albrighton to dart into the United box unopposed. He plays a quick one-two with Vardy before trying to pick out Slimani with a curling cross, but it's poorly hit by the winger and sails straight into the hands of De G
    • 12'
      Mahrez takes on Blind over on the right wing and does to win a corner for his side. Albrighton steps up and curls a cross towards the near post, but Blind is there to cut out the danger. He can only clear the ball as far as Huth, however, but the centre-back's thumping volley from the edge of the pe
    • 14'
      Albrighton finds himself in a good position down the left wing once again, and this time he's able to pick out Slimani with a great cross into the penalty area. The Algerian meets it well and tries to chest the ball down to Vardy, but the ball is cut out at the vital moment and fails to find the Eng
    • 15'
      After a few moments on the back foot, Blind darts towards the halfway line before chipping a lofted pass down the left wing and into the path of Rashford, but it's slightly mishit by the Dutchman and, under pressure from Simpson, the young forward is unable to keep the ball in play.
    • 17'
      There's a breakdown in communication between Valencia and Bailly, resulting in the latter deflecting a loose pass out for a Leicester corner. It's taken short and worked around well before Fuchs fires a low cross into the penalty area, but Drinkwater's thumping strike fails to find its way past Vale
    • 18'
      Ibrahimovic has seen little of the ball thus far, and he looks frustrated at being left isolated up front. He attempts to duel with Huth deep down the right flank as he desperately tries to win possession for United, but he's slightly heavy-handed in his handling of the centre-back and ends up givin
    • 20'
      United are enjoying the vast majority of possession at the moment, but they are failing to do much with it. It's been a comfortable opening 20 minutes for Leicester, who well compact and well-organised in the middle of the pitch, which has closed down the avenues available to United and made life to
    • 21'
      Valencia is dispossessed once again over on the right wing, allowing Leicester to try and break away quickly. Fuchs picks up the ball inside his own half of the pitch and immediately sends a thumping lofted pass up towards Slimani, but Bailly is there to cut out the danger before the ball can find t
    • 22'
      G C. Smalling Assist D. Blind
    • 22'
      Blind did wonderfully well to pick out Smalling but questions have to be asked of Leicester, who failed to deal with the United centre-back despite having at least three blue shirts surrounding him.
    • 22'
      GOAL! United have taken the lead! Blind fires in a cross from the left wing, but Simpson is there to deflect it out for a corner. The Dutchman takes the set-piece and lifts it right on to the head of Smalling, who beats Huth far too easily on the edge of the six-yard box before sending a downward he
    • 24'
      Pogba commits a foul midway inside the United half of the pitch and gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position. It's whipped in by Mahrez, but Pogba is there to head the ball out for a corner over on the right wing. Leicester try to hit back with a set-piece goal of their own, but once again Pog
    • 26'
      What a chance for Rashford! Leicester lose the ball on the halfway line and United immediately fly forward on a blisteringly quick counter-attack. Herrera picks out Ibrahimovic with a wonderful through-ball and the striker then tees up Rashford with a flicked pass that's just as good, but the youngs
    • 27'
      United come back once again, this time through Mata over on the left wing. The Spaniard picks out Pogba with a great cross that the Frenchman then nods down to Rashford, but the youngster's attempted overhead kick fails to trouble Zieler and sails over the top of the crossbar.
    • 28'
      Wonderful play by United! Pogba picks up the ball just outside of the Leicester penalty area and is left in far too much space by the visitors. He spots the run of Ibrahimovic and chips a beautiful pass over the head of Huth and into the path of the striker, who chests the ball down and spins before
    • 30'
      Thumping strike by Pogba! The Frenchman is playing far better now and is finding so much space in the middle of the pitch. This time he decides to try and catch out Zieler from 30 yards away, but his long-range effort is pushed round the near post and out for another United corner.
    • 32'
      Pogba and Valencia link up wonderfully well deep down the right flank before the Ecuadorian tries to slip a low cross into the penalty area, but Fuchs is just about able to send the ball out for a corner. It's taken short and worked over to Pogba, who then swings a cross over to back post, but Ibrah
    • 34'
      Leicester push forward on one of their first attacking moves of the last 15 minutes, but, despite it initially looking to be a dangerous one, Mahrez is closed down by too many red shirts and is unable to pick out a teammate with a low cross that is easily cut out by De Gea at the near post.
    • 36'
      It's United at the moment, in stark contrast to the start of the game. Leicester are really struggling to do much with the ball as the hosts comfortably hold on to position in advanced positions. They seem far more comfortable and confident now that they have a goal under their belts, and they look
    • 37'
      G Mata Assist D. Blind
    • 37'
      GOAL! There it is! Mata cuts inside from the right wing and tees up Pogba, who then chips a lovely pass into the path of Lingard. The number 14 meets the ball on the edge of the penalty area and immediately flicks it into the path of Mata, whose run isn't tracked by the Leicester defence, allowing h
    • 37'
      Assist Jesse Lingard
    • 39'
      A low cross from Mata is deflected into the path of Rashford, who does well to put Morgan under pressure and force the defender into thumping the ball out of play for a corner. United are continuing to dominate the game, and Leicester look absolutely demoralised.
    • 40'
      G M. Rashford Assist D. Blind
    • 40'
      Mata has been excellent thus far and has caused plenty of problems for the Leicester defence with his intelligent play, but Amartey was far too slow in attemping to deal with the Spaniard and left him alone at the near post, with disastrous consequences.
    • 40'
      GOAL! It's three for United! The corner is taken quickly and sent low to Mata, who skips past Amartey at the near post before flicking the ball over to Rashford, who is easily able to thump the ball into the back of the net from close range to extend United's lead. Leicester completely fell asleep a
    • 42'
      G P. Pogba Assist D. Blind
    • 42'
      Blind has been excellent with his corners thus far, but, once again, it was awful defending from Leicester that made the United goal possible. The reigning champions have been incredibly poor during what has been a nightmare of a first half for them.
    • 42'
      GOAL! United have scored again! Leicester's defence are all over the place and, once again, exhibit awful marking when attempting to defend a set-piece. Blind sends another dangerous cross in from a corner that finds Pogba, and the Frenchman is easily able to beat Fuchs before beating Zieler with an
    • 44'
      Mahrez exhibits good skill over on the left-hand side of the United penalty area before firing a dangerous low cross into the middle of the United penalty area, but it fails to find Vardy, who, if he was able to make contact with the ball, surely would have been able to fire in a consolation goal wi
    • 45'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be two minutes of added time.
    • 46'
      SI A. King SO D. Blind
    • 46'
      SI D. Gray SO D. Blind
    • 46'
      And the second is Gray, who will replace Vardy as Ranieri switches to a five-man midfield.
    • 46'
      Leicester have made two substitutions during the half-time break. The first player to come on is King, who takes the place of Mahrez.
    • 46'
      And we're underway once again!
    • 48'
      United start the second half the way they ended the first and continue to putting Leicester under an incredible amount of pressure. They work the ball around well before a chipped pass is fired into the path of Ibrahimovic inside the visitors' penalty area, but Zieler is there to cut out the danger
    • 50'
      Huth charges out of his penalty area and flies into Pogba, leaving the Frenchman on the floor and resulting in a yellow card for the Leicester centre-back. The resulting free-kick is taken short but the visitors quickly put United under pressure and force them into working the ball all the way back
    • 52'
      Rashford cuts inside from the left wing and heads along the edge of the Leicester box as he tries to pick out a teammate, but he holds on to the ball for slightly too long and is unable to find a red shirt before being dispossessed. Ibrahimovic had made a good run to his left, but the youngster wasn
    • 53'
      Leicester fail to clear the danger from deep down the left wing, allowing Pogba to chip a lovely looping cross into the heart of the penalty area. Ibrahimovic rises high and looks set to meet the ball on the edge of the six-yard box, but Huth is there to get a slight touch on the ball to put off the
    • 55'
      United are casual in possession and gift the ball to Leicester, who quickly break away on a counter-attack down the left wing. Fuchs darts forward and gets himself into a good position before chipping a cross towards the back post, but there's nobody there to meet it and the ball sails harmlessly ou
    • 56'
      Vital block by Huth! Ibrahimovic muscles his way into the left-hand side of the Leicester penalty area before poking the ball back to Mata, but the Spaniard is denied his second goal by Huth, who stands firm and stops the strike from testing Zieler in the middle of the goal.
    • 58'
      United lose possession again in the middle of the pitch, allowing Leicester to push forward on another counter-attack. Slimani, who has been an anonymous figure for most of the game, picks up the ball and tries to take on everyone single-handedly, but he holds on to possession for far too long and i
    • 59'
      G D. Gray Assist D. Blind
    • 59'
      GOAL! What a strike by Gray! The youngster picks up the ball deep down the left wing and beats Lingard far too easily before unleashing a rocket of a shot that flies past the outstretched limbs of De Gea and into the top right-hand corner of the net. Game on?
    • 59'
      Assist Daniel Amartey
    • 61'
      United push forward from the restart and work the ball around patiently deep down the left flank, but Leicester have enough bodies back to defend and do well to win themselves a throw-in.
    • 62'
      SI J. Schlupp SO D. Blind
    • 62'
      Leicester have made their final change of the afternoon, with Albrighton making way for Schlupp.
    • 64'
      The ball pinballs around the United penalty area before it falls to Slimani at the near post, but the Algerian is unable to get enough power behind his header to trouble De Gea, who is easily able to save the striker's downward effort.
    • 65'
      Chance for Lingard! Valencia finds himself in a pocket of space down the right wing and quickly cuts a lovely pass back to Lingard, but the youngster's thumping, first-time strike from the edge of the penalty area is slightly too heavy and ends up flying a few yards over the top of the crossbar.
    • 66'
      And now Ibrahimovic goes close! This time it's Lingard who darts down the right flank before teeing up Ibrahimovic on the edge of the Leicester box, but Zieler gets down well to tip the striker's strike round the near post and out for a corner.
    • 68'
      Schlupp flies past Herrera and darts into the left-hand side of the United penalty area before picking out King just inside the penalty area. The midfielder is in a pocket of space and has a great opportunity to shoot, but his strike lacks conviction and is easily stopped by De Gea in the middle of
    • 70'
      Valencia gets himself into a good position down the right wing after embarking on a great run forward. He takes on Fuchs and tries to fire a low cross past the full-back, but the ball ricochets off both players before rolling out for a Leicester goal-kick.
    • 72'
      Pogba sends a beautiful pass through the Leicester defence and into the path of Ibrahimovic, who had made a great run into the left-hand side of the Leicester box. The striker picks up the ball on the byline and then tries to tee up Lingard at the near post, but Huth is there to cut out the danger.
    • 74'
      Ibrahimovic rises high and meets the ball well in the middle of the pitch before nodding it into the path of Rashford. The youngster flies by Simpson and beats the right-back far too easily before being clattered to the ground by the Leicester man, who receives a yellow card as a result.
    • 76'
      Ibrahimovic goes close! Valencia drives in an excellent cross from the right-hand side of the Leicester penalty area that flies over to the far post, but the ball ends up flying just a yard or so wide of Ibrahimovic's outstretched boot. The striker looks desperate for his first goal of the game, but
    • 77'
      Almost a second goal for Gray! The youngster curls in another wonderful strike from the same position that saw him fire in his first, but this time De Gea is just about able to tip it round the far post with a wonderful one-handed diving save.
    • 78'
      SI M. Carrick SO D. Blind
    • 78'
      United have decided to make their first substitution of the game, with Lingard making way for Carrick.
    • 80'
      The pace of the game has slowed down somewhat, and United now seem content to sit back and try to hold on to their three-goal lead. They have taken their foot off the pedal slightly since the break, but, bar Gray's wonder strike, have largely looked comfortable during what has been a slightly less f
    • 82'
      Gray twists and turns on the right-hand side of the United penalty area before doing well to win his side a corner. It's fired in to the bounce and bounces out to Drinkwater, who fires a thumping strike that's deflected out for a second corner. This time United deal with it well before Gray comes ba
    • 83'
      SI W. Rooney SO D. Blind
    • 83'
      Rashford receives a rousing round of applause from United fans as he makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Rooney for the final seven minutes of the game.
    • 84'
      Mata and Valencia link up well over on the right flank before the latter fires a cross into Rooney on the edge of the penalty area, but the captain's first touch is poor and sends the ball bouncing into the hands of Zieler.
    • 85'
      United come back once again, this time through Pogba in the middle of the pitch, before Ibrahimovic picks up the ball over on the left. The striker cuts inside before firing a curling shot towards goal, but it's sent too near to Zieler and is easily stopped by the German.
    • 86'
      Ibrahimovic is presented with another opportunity to test Zieler, this time from the edge of the Leicester penalty area, but he's quickly put under pressure and fails to make decent contact with the ball.
    • 87'
      SI A. Young SO D. Blind
    • 87'
      United have made their final alteration, with Young coming on to take the place of Mata.
    • 89'
      Smalling fouls Slimani over on the right wing and Leicester are awarded a free-kick near to the halfway line. It's thumped towards the edge of the United penalty area, where a group of blue shirts are waiting, but none are able to make contact with the ball and the home side easily deal with the dan
    • 90'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Midfielder
    spain
    Ander Herrera
    21

    SUBSTITUTES

    MANAGERS

    norway
    Ole Gunnar Solskjær
    northern ireland
    Brendan Rodgers

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

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

    POSSESSION

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

    ATTACK

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

    DEFENCE

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

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 9 12
    Yellow Cards 0 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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