Premier League 2018/19 season kicked off with the much anticipated Old Trafford fixture of Manchester United vs Leicester City. In the end, the home side had the last laugh, as Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw scored to give United a 2-1 win, the solitary Leicester goal being scored by none other than Jamie Vardy.
Manchester United vs Leicester City – Main events:
Manchester United (4-3-3): David de Gea; Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw; Fred (Scott McTominay, 76′), Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba (Marouane Fellaini, 83′); Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford (Romelu Lukaku, 66′), Alexis Sanchez.
Leicester City (4-2-3-1): Kasper Schmeichel; Daniel Amartey (Rachid Ghezzal, 63′), Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell; Wilfried Ndidi, Adrien Silva (Vicente Iborra, 80′); Ricardo Pereira, James Maddison (Jamie Vardy, 63′), Demarai Gray; Kelechi Iheanacho.
Goal: Pogba (Pen – 3′), Shaw (82′), Vardy (90’+2′).
Yellow card: Amartey (51′), Fred (54′), Pereira (69′).
The hosts started the season in a brilliant fashion. In the opening minutes of the game, Sanchez’s shot got deflected and hit the hands of Amartey, which resulted in a penalty. The skipper, Pogba made no mistake to convert that chance and put United ahead, three minutes into the game. After conceding that goal, Leicester started seeing more of the ball and they created some opportunities. In the 29th minute, brilliant football in the right hand side found Maddison in a nice spot. The Foxes’ new signing took a magnificent strike at the goal and De Gea had to make a stunning save to keep the lead intact.
Around the half-hour mark, it were the visitors who were going all out for the coveted goal. However, the equalizer eluded them throughout the first half. Towards the dying moments of this half, Sanchez, Rashford and Shaw troubled Leicester defenders on a couple of occasions, but they also failed to make something out of those efforts. At the end of forty-five minutes, the scoreline for Manchester United vs Leicester City remained 1-0.
Manchester United tried to sit back and enjoy the lead in the beginning of the second half. Moreover, the attackers, in particular Sanchez and Rashford failed to link up well. On the other hand, Leicester players were fighting with all their might. Midway into the second half, Claude Puel brought in his best striker Vardy as well.
Around the 75-minute-mark, De Gea had to make another breathtaking save to keep Gray at bay. Moments later, Schmeichel stopped Lukaku’s shot on a one-on-one occasion and kept Leicester’s hopes alive. And then, something unthinkable happened. Following some good play in the centre of the pitch, Mata fed a delightful ball to Shaw. The left back’s first touch was poor, yet he managed to roll the ball on to the goal and much to the joy of the home fans, Schmeichel was beaten well and good. Manchester United got a 2-0 lead and were looking favourite to finish the day with three points and a clean sheet.
However, Vardy had other thoughts in mind. In the stoppage time, when Ricardo’s cross hit the post, the United defenders seemed to have switched off for a moment and the Leicester’s celebrated striker took full advantage of it. The Englishman, always an alert poacher, headed that ball home to pull something back for his side. In the end, Manchester United vs Leicester City ended in a 2-1 win for the Red Devils.
Manchester United vs Leicester City stats:
|Manchester United||Leicester City|
|Shots (on target)||8 (6)||13 (4)|
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