Premier League

  • 42’ H. Mkhitaryan
  • 44’ Z. Ibrahimović
  • 49’ Mata
0 Half Time 2
Premier League
King Power Stadium
Attendance 32,072


    • KICK OFF
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      That's all for our live coverage, thanks for following along.
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      Three goals in seven minutes see Jose Mourinho's side pull to within touching distance of the top-four, as Leicester still await their first Premier League goal of 2017 - they are very much in the thick of the relegation fight now.
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      The match looked poised to head scoreless into the interval following what was a largely nondescript first half, but quick-fire goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have the champions in turmoil, and United heading for a big three points.
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      Jose Mourinho makes three changes from the draw with Hull on Wednesday. Eric Bailly makes his first start back from international duty, replacing the injured Phil Jones, while Chris Smalling also comes into defence, pushing Marcos Rojo to left-back and Daley Blind to the bench. Michael Carrick is al
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      Claudio Ranieri makes two changes from the defeat at Turf Moor on Tuesday. Ahmed Musa comes in on the wing in place of Marc Albrighton, while Shinji Okazaki is brought on to form a strike partnership with Jamie Vardy, at the expense of Demarai Gray.
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      SUBS: Martial, Lingard, Carrick, Blind, Young, Romero, Fellaini.
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      MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo; Herrera, Pogba; Mkhitaryan, Mata, Rashford; Ibrahimovic.
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      SUBS: Chilwell, King, Albrighton, Kapustka, Zieler, Gray, Benalouane.
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      LEICESTER CITY (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Musa; Vardy, Okazaki.
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      Despite their lengthy unbeaten run in the league, Jose Mourinho’s outfit remain four points back of the Champions League places, and have hit a bit of a rocky spell with three successive draws. Needless to say, a win is crucial for both these teams, which should make for some excellent viewing.
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      Similarly, Manchester United were held scoreless by Hull City on Wednesday, however, contrastingly, the Red Devils have not lost a Premier League match since late October, a run which has extended through 14 league games.
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      The Foxes are still looking for their first Premier League win and goal of 2017, as they have been held scoreless with just one point through four matches. They’re just one point up on the bottom-three as a result, but can create a bit of breathing room with a win today.
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      Leicester created some magic in this fixture two years ago, securing a famous 5-3 win over Manchester United on the back of an inspired Jamie Vardy performance, the same bit of inspiration they must have today to get their season back on track.
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      Hello and welcome to live coverage from the King Power Stadium as Leicester City desperately try to distance themselves from the bottom-three when they host a Manchester United side aiming to close the gap on the top-four!
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      AND THEY'RE OFF! United, in red, get us underway, attacking right to left, with Leicester in blue.
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      Bit of a timid start from the Leicester backline. United are unable to take advantage, or really create anything stemming from that bit of miscommunication between Huth and Fuchs, but it's a clear indicator of the fragile mental state of the Foxes at the moment.
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      Leicester apply some decent pressure with subsequent corners, before United eventually win the ball back and look to break. Mata skips forward before being tugged back rather cynically by Drinkwater, who picks up an early yellow card.
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      Rojo produces the first shot of the match, but it winds up proving a comfortable stop from Schmeichel on the volley, which lacked real pace or direction. There's been a nice tempo to this match in the early stages.
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      STAT: Leicester are only the fifth Premier League team to fail to score in their opening four matches of a calendar year, following Newcastle (2008), Swansea (failed to score in their first four Premier League games in August & September 2011), Hull (2014) and Aston Villa (2015) – no team has ever f
    • 11'
      There's an excellent atmosphere inside the stadium, one which these Foxes need to capitalise on. This place proved to be something of a fortress for them last season. They need to recreate that magic once again and give their supporters reason to celebrate.
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      It's getting a bit congested as neither side has been able to find the quality needed on the front foot to get into the final third. Mahrez is looking lively for Leicester on the right, but even he's struggled to pick out a good final ball.
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      Okazaki and Vardy have hardly been involved thus far, and the same can be said about Ibrahimovic, whose only real impact has been an off the ball scuffle with Drinkwater.
    • 17'
      United need to adopt more width into their approach. Their full-backs have hardly been afforded the chance to get forward as possession has been sporadic at best. Leicester are starting to work it out wide a bit more and they're growing in stature because of it.
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      BETTER! Musa wins a free-kick on the right following a Rojo foul, and the subsequent delivery is flicked on by Vardy at the near post before being met by Morgan, but his header smacks off a red shirt and drifts behind for a corner!
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      STAT: Leicester City have won just one of their last 17 games against Man Utd in all competitions (D3 L13) – 5-3 in this exact fixture in September 2014.
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      VITAL CHALLENGE! Vardy makes a tidy run forward before turning and playing through Musa. The winger has space in the area, but he's unable to open up and get around Bailly, who puts in a terrific challenge to send the ball behind for a corner. United break the other way following the set-piece, and
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      Simpson fouls Ibrahimovic at the halfway line, but it's the right-back who comes out worse for wear. It looked like he had his toe stepped on by the United striker following the challenge, and he goes down in a heap after the whistle sounds, before requiring some attention from the training staff.
    • 27'
      Simpson really labours off the pitch, visibly in a lot of pain as he limps toward the touchline. It could be a case of having to walk off the pain, much like when you stub your toe, but it does look a bit ominous for him at the moment.
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      DREADFUL CHALLENGE! That had some elements of a sending off in it from Mata, who flies through Vardy at full speed to send the striker dangerously to ground. Luckily Vardy is able to pop right back up, and that may have been what saved Mata from a red.
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      STAT: Manchester United are currently on the longest unbeaten away run in the Premier League (six games – W4 D2 L0). This is their best away run in the competition since a run of seven games between November 2014 and February 2015.
    • 32'
      United are enjoying a prominent spell in possession, but it doesn't look as though anyone has that gamebreaking ability right now. They need someone to take charge and it hasn't happened yet. Leicester aren't keeping as much of the ball, but Vardy certainly looks in the mood today.
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      SMART SAVE! That's much more like it from the visitors! Some crisp, forward passing sees the ball worked into Rashford in the area. He cuts inside and drives a low strike towards the near post, but Schmeiched does expertly to get down in a flash and parry with a strong hand.
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      United remain in the ascendency as we approach half-time. They're poking and prodding in possession, but full credit to Leicester who are making them work really hard to carve out even the slightest of openings.
    • 38'
      Leicester are starting to get hemmed in at the back, largely due to a gulf of space between midfield and attack. Drinkwater and Ndidi are dropping deep to defend, but neither Okazaki or Vardy is following their lead to offer a link out from the back.
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      Fuchs clatters through Mata to pick up a yellow card, the second for a Leicester player and third haneded out total in this first half.
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      G H. Mkhitaryan Assist C. Smalling
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      Smart flick from Smalling to pick out the run of Mkhitaryan, as he's credited with the assist.
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      UNITED HAVE THE BREAKTHROUGH! Huth makes a very poor judgment call as he tries to step forward and challenge Mkhitaryan, who latched onto a flicked-on header from Smalling, but the United forward nudges the ball beyond him with ease before beating Morgan for pace and finishing coolly into the top co
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      G Z. Ibrahimović Assist C. Smalling
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      Valencia did very well there to beat Fuchs and get the cross through to Ibrahimovic.
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      MAKE IT TWO! That's the class he provides! As smart a finish as you'd like from Ibrahimovic, who places a first-time strike through the legs of Morgan and back in at the far post, on the end of a smart pick out from Valencia!
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      There will be two minutes added on at the end of this first half.
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      SI A. King SO C. Smalling
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      SI D. Blind SO C. Smalling
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      SI D. Gray SO C. Smalling
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      Back underway at the King Power!
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      Not entirely clear if this is by choice or force, but Jose Mourinho brings on Daley Blind at the expense of Rojo.
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      Demarai Gray is also brought on, with Okazaki giving way.
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      Two changes made by Ranieri at the interval, the first of which sees Andy King replace Musa.
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      Leicester need to find their voice again. They appear to be playing with more of a 4-3-3 formation now, but they haven't exactly come out of the break with the sort of urgency you would expect to see from them.
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      G Mata Assist C. Smalling
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      It was a nice pass from Mkhitaryan to provide the assist, but Leicester didn't exactly make it hard on him.
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      HOW SIMPLE WAS THAT?! The champions are being torn to bits! Mata has all the time he wants on the right to pick out Mkhitaryan in the area, in all sorts of space, and he threads a return pass through with Fuchs neglecting to track the Spaniards run. Mata takes the througball in stride and produces a
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      SAVED! Smart run from Rashford, but a bit selfish in the end as he tries to beat Schmeichel from a tight angle, when he had Mata in all sorts of space at the far post, again getting behind Fuchs.
    • 53'
      STAT: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reached 15 Premier League goals for Manchester United in the third fastest number of games (23), following Ruud van Nistelrooy (19) and Dwight Yorke (20).
    • 55'
      Herrera puts in a needless challenge that sees him into the book.
    • 56'
      Smart, direct running from Ndidi who takes matters into his own hands here. He surges through the heart of the United defence before being dragged down from behind by Pogba's challenge, winning a free-kick for his side in a very dangerous position, just a couple yards outside the box.
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      SIDE-NETTING! Cheers around the King Power as they think Mahrez has pulled one back, but their joy is short-lived as they quickly realize the Algerian just narrowly missed picking out the bottom corner at the near post.
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      Leicester have very much been the architects of their own downfall. Huth's error resulted in the second, then it was simply ball-watching from the likes of Fuchs, Morgan and Huth that resulted in the second and third goals. These goals were all incredibly avoidable, but it's this sort of play that's
    • 62'
      WHAT A CHANCE FOR MATA! The Spaniard finds himself clean through on goal following a simple ball over the top, but he's almost taken by surprise as he waits too long to try and chip Schmeichel, who makes him look silly with a simple catch.
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      STAT: Leicester City have lost their last three Premier League games – they haven’t lost four in a row since February 2015, a run of five under Nigel Pearson.
    • 66'
      The tempo is fizzling out a great deal as we approach the final 20 minutes. Leicester are struggling to string more than a few passes together once they cross half, while United aren't in any rush to get forward as they patiently work it around the depths of midfield.
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      The entirety of the noise inside the stadium is coming from the travelling supporters. There's a sense of fear and anguish among the Leicester supporters, as they remain poised to head into next week's trip to Swansea with the knowledge that defeat could see them into the bottom three for the first
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      Into the final 20 minutes and, while crazier things have happened, they appear to be nothing more than a formality. Leicester have lost their competitive spirit and United are making the most of their laxidasical approach, patiently passing it around in midfield.
    • 72'
      This resembles more of a training ground routine for United than a Premier League match. It's really just a matter of playing keep-away here, and it's not difficult as Leicester continue to oblige.
    • 74'
      STAT: Manchester United are unbeaten in 14 Premier League games (W7 D7 L0) – the longest current unbeaten run in the ‘big five’ European leagues.
    • 76'
      Leicester have hardly had more than a few touches of the ball in the last 10 minutes or so. Possession is being absolutely dominated by United, who are looking capable of adding to their lead, should they want to.
    • 77'
      SI M. Fellaini SO C. Smalling
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      The second change of the evening for United sees Marouane Fellaini replace Juan Mata.
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      The match is being played almost entirely in the Leicester half. The Foxes developed a reputation of being scrappy and resilient on their title-winning campaign, but they just don't have the same feel to them this season. Where's the fight?
    • 81'
      OVER! Good bit of link-up play on the right-hand side from United, but it leads to a Mkhitaryan strike which sails over the bar. It's just too easy for the visitors.
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      SI A. Young SO C. Smalling
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      The final United change brings Ashley Young on, with Rashford replaced.
    • 85'
      STAT: This is Leicester’s 2000th in the top-flight (currently P1999 W642 D526 L831, 32.1 win %).
    • 87'
      Close to a consolation goal for the Foxes, and it's Vardy who's still competing for the hosts. He works hard to keep play alive in the area, which leads to a scramble, but the striker is penalised for a foul on De Gea as play is brought to a halt.
    • 88'
      De Gea is booked for time wasting.
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      There will be just one minute added on at the end of this match.

    Line Up




    northern ireland
    Brendan Rodgers
    Ole Gunnar Solskjær



    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 12 14
    Yellow Cards 2 4
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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