Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened | premier league

Peep peep! Manchester United move up to fifth after their third consecutive victory.

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Peep peep! Man Utd lead at the King Power Stadium thanks to a smooth finish from Jadon Sancho. Manchester United have been much the better team, albeit without creating many chances, against a Leicester team who are obviously lacking confidence.

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See you in 10 minutes for the second half.

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Jadon Sancho gives United the lead with an accomplished finish!

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A bit of good news for Leicester. The influential pair of Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison return to the side, as does Luke Thomas. The men dropping out are Dennis Praet, Daniel Amartey and Timothy Castagne.

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Manchester United are unchanged.

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Leicester City (possible 4-1-4-1) Ward; Justin, Evans, Ndidi, Thomas; Soumare; Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes; Vardy.
Substitutes: Iversen, Soyuncu, Castagne, Albrighton, Praet, Brunt, Iheanacho, Perez, Daka.

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Manchester United (4-2-3-1) De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; McTominay, Eriksen; Sancho, Fernandes, Elanga; Rashford.
Substitutes: Heaton, Kovar, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, Casemiro, van de Beek, Garnacho, Ronaldo.

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Referee Craig Pawson.

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Hello and welcome to live coverage of Leicester City v Manchester United at the King Power Stadium. A year ago, Brendan Rodgers was the same odds as Erik ten Hag to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager. Now he’s second favourite behind Steven Gerrard to become the next Premier League manager to receive a P45. We shouldn’t be surprised – Leicester got rid of Claudio Ranieri nine months after the Premier League’s greatest fairytale – but it still doesn’t really compute that Rodgers is fighting for his job.

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There are reasons for Leicester’s relative struggles. They have had vile luck with injuries over the last couple of years, and their net spend since Rodgers took over in 2019 is among the lowest in the league. But nobody cares about mitigating circumstances when you are bottom of the table.

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Football’s mutability should be Rodgers’ hope. A high-profile win against an improving but still eminently beatable Manchester United would reduce the noise and lift Leicester off the bottom of the table. Leicester’s last two home games against United were rousing victories – 4-2 in the league last year, 3-1 in the FA Cup quarter-final season before. On both occasions, Rodgers outwitted Solskjaer.

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Whatever happens in the next few weeks, history will remember Rodgers as one of the best coaches in Leicester’s history. But he’ll hope the story isn’t done just yet.

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On Filbert Way, eyes firmly on #LEIMUN 👀 pic.twitter.com/uPDnBOmlNX

— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 1, 2022

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Kick off 8pm.

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“As a United fan”, said Liz White, “I’m fine with a boring skill spell to be honest.”

Post-match reaction

Christian Erikson

It wasn’t pretty for 90 minutes but we have three wins. We want to do better but it’s a good start. It was similar to Southampton – we have to kill the game early otherwise it will be close at the end. Matches come and go – Thursday/Sunday until after the World Cup.

Jadon Sancho

It was a great team goal, I’m just happy we got the three points. I feel more comfortable. It was good to get to know the team in pre-season – I missed it last year – and we worked on a few points.

It was an unforgettable game, settled by an elegant goal from Jadon Sancho. It’s far too early to say United are back, but Erik ten Hag will be happy to play clean away from home. The last time this happened in the league was in March 2021. Casemiro was good when he arrived, and the new centre-back duo of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane were impressive again.

Leicester played reasonably well in midfield but lacked confidence in the final third. They need a win ASAP.

Full-time: Leicester 0-1 Man Utd

Peeppeep! Manchester United move up to fifth after their third straight win.

90+3 min: A great opportunity for Leicester! A long ball forward is deftly touched by Daka towards Justin, in the space to his right. He has a touch but then shoots high and wide from the edge of the area. It was Leicester’s best chance of the game.

90+2 mins After a good move from Leicester, Maddison shoots above 20 yards with his left foot. He made space well, moving away from Casemiro, but then raised his shot over the top.

90 minutes Four minutes of added time.

89 minutes United’s control over the game has been much greater since Casemiro’s arrival. Fernandes moves to the right and hammers a cross that hits the stretch Iheanacho and flies just over the bar.

87 mins: Man Utd replacement Fred for Marcus Rashford.

87 mins: Substitution for Leicester Patson Daka replaces Jamie Vardy.

87 minutes Vardy is booked for dissent after being penalized, probably severely, for a tackle on Malacia.

86 minutes It’s a better spell for United, who spent most of the final minutes in the Leicester half.

84 minutes Fernandes slips a through ball into the inside right channel towards Ronaldo, who hammers a low cross/shot that escapes Eriksen in the middle. Ronaldo looks sharp tonight.

83 minutes Dewsbury-Hall has a long-range shot blocked by Martinez. United take a break and Dalot crosses towards Ronaldo beyond the far post. He launches into a scissor kick that penetrates the ground before bouncing off Ward and a few yards wide.

82 minutes Fernandes nutmegs Thomas and makes a pass to Rashford on the left. He plays Ronaldo, who tries to give Eriksen an open goal with a low cross for the first time. It’s cut superbly by a slippery defender, Ndidi I think. United win the ball and Rashford misses a left-footed shot from around 15 yards out.

81 minutes Nothing happens. It was a strangely bloodless match.

78 minutes Thomas does well to prevent Dalot’s low pass/cross from making its way to Eriksen in the area.

76 minutes Casemiro played well, bringing some calm and authority to United’s midfield. He takes the ball a lot. Meanwhile, Leicester bring in Kelechi Iheanacho for Youri Tielemans; that should mean a switch to a 4-4-2.

73 minutes A dangerous through ball from Fernandes to Dalot is cut well by Evans. A stat on BT Sport shows Leicester had just seven touches in United’s area all night.

71 minutes Barnes directs Dalot into the area and tries to cross into the six-yard box. Dalot slips in to block, the ball ricocheting off Barnes and out for a goal kick. Varane and Martinez are straight up praising Dalot which is either a sign of better team spirit or a slightly overreaction after winning a goal kick.

70 minutes It’s been an extremely forgettable game.

68 mins: Substitution United Cristiano Ronaldo replaces Jadon Sancho, who scored a good goal but was otherwise fairly calm. Marcus Rashford will move to the left wing.

67 minutes Maddison’s free kick hits the wall.

65 minutes McTominay gets his hands on Maddison on the edge of the D, a dangerous free kick to concede. It’s lucky for Leicester.

64 minutes Barnes turns Dalot clean and slides the ball into Vardy, whose return pass fails. United are asking for trouble with their passive performance in the second half.

62 minutes Leicester continue to dominate possession, although Casemiro has already made a couple of decent interceptions.

59 min: Substitution United Casemiro replaces Anthony Elanga. This means Eriksen will drop to No.10 and Fernandes to the right wing.

Casemiro is on.
Casemiro is on. Photo: Manchester United/Getty Images

58 minutes Vardy reverses a nice return pass to Maddison, who does not manage to cash in his stride at the edge of the surface. Martinez clears.

57 minutes Casemiro prepares to enter.

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