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Leicester City v Manchester United Live Commentary, 2/9/22

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0 - 1
LEI
MUN
J. Sancho (23)
King Power Stadium

Commentary

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Leicester are next in action against Brighton and Hove Albion on the road on Sunday. Manchester United are in action on the same day at home to Arsenal.
Manchester United secure their third win in a row in the Premier League after beating Leicester City 1-0 at the King Power Stadium. Jadon Sancho scored the only goal of the game in the first half with a neat finish, notching his second strike of the season. The Foxes were unable to respond as James Maddison forced a save from David de Gea, while James Justin blasted a late chance over the bar. Brendan Rodgers' men suffered their fourth defeat on the bounce to leave them rooted to the foot of the table.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: LEICESTER CITY 0-1 MANCHESTER UNITED
90' + 3' CHANCE! Daka works the ball to Justin with a neat flick and the defender has options in the box. However, he goes for the strike himself and launches his effort over the top. A huge opportunity spurned.
90' + 2' OVER! Maddison takes a touch on the edge of the box and lines up a blast, but he sends his left-footed effort over the top.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
90' CLOSE! Iheanacho almost scores a spectacular own goal as he tries to cut out Fernandes' low ball into the box. He stretches with his left foot and inadvertently blasts the ball towards goal, which travels inches over the bar.
89' There's no cutting edge from the home side in the final third. Other than Maddison's effort, they've not threatened the United goal.
Fred
M. Rashford
Manchester United
87' Rashford makes way for the visitors and is replaced by Fred.
P. Daka
J. Vardy
Leicester City
87' Vardy's last act is a desperate lunge on Malacia. Daka replaces the forward in the final third.
J. Maddison
Yellow Card
Leicester City
87' Maddison goes into the book for dissent after complaining against a foul given against Vardy.
84' Fernandes feeds Ronaldo on another United break, but he drags his effort wide of the target. United still cannot kill off the contest.
83' INCHES WIDE! Ronaldo connects with a spectacular volley into the ground from Dalot's cross. Ward can only watch as the ball travels towards the far corner, but it drifts just wide.
82' CHANCE! Fernandes sends a cross-field pass to release Rashford, who then sends Ronaldo down the left flank. He hits a low ball across the face of goal, but Eriksen is denied by Evans on the slide ahead of him to stop a certain goal. United recycle possession before Rashford drags an effort wide of the right post.
80' There has been a lack of intensity from Leicester in the last 20 minutes. They're still in the game with the score at 1-0, but need a moment of magic from someone.
78' Malacia looks for Rashford with a backheel after an interchange down the left flank, but Justin reacts to clear the danger.
K. Ịheanachọ
Y. Tielemans
Leicester City
76' Tielemans is withdrawn by Rodgers as he sends another attacker into the action. Iheanacho joins Vardy up front.
75' Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 118 Premier League matches after leading at half-time (W101, D17) dating back to 21st September 2014 against Leicester City (L3-5).
73' United are taking the sting out of the game here. Leicester's momentum from the early stages of the half has effectively been halted.
71' Barnes runs at Dalot down the left flank, but the defender blocks the cross which rebounds back off the Leicester winger and out for a goal-kick.
Cristiano Ronaldo
J. Sancho
Manchester United
68' The goalscorer Sancho is withdrawn by Ten Hag and is replaced by Ronaldo.
67' BLOCK! Maddison fires his effort towards goal from the resulting free-kick, but he smashes his strike into the wall before Justin's cross is claimed by De Gea.
65' Maddison is felled twice on the edge of the United box and eventually gets a free-kick as McTominay pulls him back. The Foxes have a set-piece in a dangerous position.
63' Barnes sends a pass inside to Vardy, but the forward loses out under pressure from Martinez.
62' United have space on the break down the right flank. Fernandes launches a cross towards Rashford that is headed in the box by Evans. United almost found a way through on the break.
59' Soumare feeds Barnes off the left flank, but again the touch is heavy from a Leicester player allowing Varane to make the interception.
Casemiro
A. Elanga
Manchester United
59' Elanga is withdrawn by Ten Hag and is replaced by Casemiro.
58' Leicester build down the left flank, but Maddison is unable to take an offload from Vardy in stride on the edge of the box.
56' Dewsbury-Hall lines up a blast from the edge of the box that is charged down by Malacia. Rashford lunges in on Thomas on the right flank, which earns Leicester yet another set-piece.
55' Dewsbury-Hall angles a low cross into the box from the left flank, but Fernandes reacts to clear behind.
54' Elanga catches Maddison with a loose challenge and it hands Leicester another free-kick in a useful position. The home side are growing into the game.
52' Dewsbury-Hall twists and turns down the right flank and angles a cross towards Barnes at the back post. However, it just is a fraction too high for Barnes to direct towards goal, nodding behind for a goal-kick.
51' SAVE! De Gea denies Maddison with a brilliant diving stop. The midfielder curls a free-kick towards the top-right corner from 25 yards, but De Gea gets across and palms it away from danger. So close to an equaliser from the Foxes.
Lisandro Martínez
Yellow Card
Manchester United
49' Martinez bundles Dewsbury-Hall off the ball with a nudge and goes into the book as he halts a promising break from the Leicester midfielder.
49' Leicester are not moving the ball with conviction across the pitch. Maddison loses possession too easily in the United half.
47' Rashford is played into three promising positions early in the second half, but he cannot capitalise on any of them in the final third.
46' We're back under way at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester have been poor in the first half. There's been no shortage of effort, but the quality has been lacking from the Foxes. They were cut open too easily for Sancho's goal, leaving them with an uphill task to avoid a fourth defeat in a row.
Jadon Sancho's strike has handed Manchester United a 1-0 lead over Leicester City at the break in their Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium. Sancho notched his second goal of the season with a neat finish after rounding Danny Ward on a United counterattack. The visitors have been the better side and in control of the contest as they seek to grind out their third win on the bounce.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: LEICESTER CITY 0-1 MANCHESTER UNITED
45' + 1' Barnes cuts inside from the left flank and lifts another cross into the box, only for Varane to clear with authority ahead of Vardy.
45' There will be one minutes of added time.
45' Barnes makes a charge down the left flank and tries to lift a cross into the box, but his delivery travels behind for a goal-kick after Dalot applies pressure.
44' Maddison fires the resulting free-kick low and hard from the right flank, but Malacia clears on the slide as the Foxes midfielder fails to beat the first defender.
T. Malacia
Yellow Card
Manchester United
43' Malacia brings down Justin and goes into the book. That one might be a tad harsh as he appeared to get the ball.
40' There's no way through for the home side at the moment. United are doing a fine job of keeping the play in front of them.
38' WIDE! Barnes comes off the left flank and goes for an early strike at goal that whistles just wide of the target with De Gea rooted to the spot.
37' CHANCE! Rashford skips away from Ndidi and surges into the inside-right channel. He sends a cutback to Sancho, who shoots at goal, but Justin charges down his strike.
36' BLOCK! Rashford probes to the edge of the United box and goes for a blast that is charged down by Evans.
35' Sancho and Malacia work an overload down the left flank, allowing the Netherlands international to fire a low cross into the box. Evans has to be alert to intercept and clear for the Foxes.
34' Space opens for Dewsbury-Hall in the final third and he looks to slip Vardy through behind the United defence. However, Varane makes a vital interception to halt the attack.
33' Justin looks for the ball short to Vardy, but he takes a heavy touch and fouls Malacia. Leicester cannot find their rhythm.
31' Frustration for Maddison as he looks for Barnes on the out ball, but the two are not on the same page. Barnes cuts inside off the left wing and Maddison knocks it out to the flank, where the ball travels out for a throw-in.
30' Leicester are just a tad tetchy in possession. The Foxes are trying to force the issue rather than wait for openings. They're playing into the visitors' hands at the moment.
Diogo Dalot
Yellow Card
Manchester United
28' Dalot pulls back Barnes down the left flank and goes into the book.
28' United have avoided defeat in their last 17 matches when scoring the opening goal in the Premier League dating back to 30th October 2021 against Tottenham Hotspur.
27' SAVE! Eriksen is afforded space and time to fire at goal, but the Dane drills his attempt straight into the hands of Ward.
25' Elanga takes a wild swing at the ball in the Leicester box as the home side fail to clear their lines. Fortunately for the Foxes, he scuffs his effort before they finallly get the ball out of danger.
M. Rashford
Assist
Manchester United
23' Rashford lays a sublime offload for Sancho to collect and score with a neat touch and finish.
J. Sancho
Goal
Manchester United
23' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! SANCHO SLOTS THE BALL HOME!!!!! 1-0 UNITED!!!! The visitors take the lead as Sancho rounds Ward before finding the back of the net. Leicester are caught out at the back as Fernandes feeds Rashford in the final third, who lays off a perfect pass to Sancho to collect in the box. Ward commits himself and it allows the United man to round the Leicester keeper before applying the finish.
22' Barnes charges at the United defence down the left flank. He surges past Elanga, but McTominay puts out a leg and wins possession wth a good challenge.
21' SAVE! Maddison lays the ball off for Dewsbury-Hall to strike at goal on his left foot. It travels through a crowd of players, although De Gea is able to watch it safely into his hands.
19' Eriksen nudges Maddison to the deck and Leicester are awarded a free-kick 35 yards from goal. It is probably just out of shooting range.
16' Vardy tries to work the ball around Martinez, but the defender blocks the ball before Tielemans fouls Varane as the two battle for possession in the United box.
15' Elanga is played down the right flank and he lifts a cross into the box for Fernandes. Ndidi positions himself at the near post and makes a good headed clearance ahead of the United man.
13' The visitors have looked the more comfortable of the two sides in the early stages of the game. Leicester are looking to find a rhythm.
11' WIDE! Malacia, Fernandes and Sancho combine with one-touch passes to tee up Eriksen for a strike at goal from the edge of the box. The Dane connects well, but sends his effort just wide of the left post.
8' Rashford works the ball from right to left to find Fernandes in space. The Portuguese goes for a first-time strike, but Justin deflects it behind for a United corner.
7' Barnes and Thomas combine to allow Dewsbury-Hall to probe. The midfielder takes a heavy touch in a promising position and loses possession.
5' Sancho tries to clip a ball in behind the Leicester defence for the run of Elanga, but Thomas reads the danger and clears for the hosts.
3' Vardy tries to play on the shoulder of Martinez, but a long ball over the top bounces away from the forward and out for a goal-kick.
1' We're under way at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester are unbeaten in their last four league games against Man Utd (W2 D2), last having a longer such run against them between 1972 and 1977 (9 games).
Ten Hag has named an unchanged side from his team that defeated Southampton in their last outing. Ronaldo and Casemiro remain on the bench for the contest as Rashford leads the line, while McTominay continues alongside Eriksen in the middle of the park. Maguire also remains on the sidelines as Varane and Martinez start in the middle of the defence.
Leicester have made three changes to their side that was beaten by Chelsea last time out. Thomas and Ndidi come into the backline as Amartey and Castagne drop to the bench. Praet also makes way from the side and is replaced by Maddison.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fred, Casemiro, Tom Heaton, Donny van de Beek, Matej Kovar, Alejandro Garnacho.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia; Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen; Anthony Elanga, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho; Marcus Rashford.
LEICESTER CITY SUBS: Caglar Soyuncu, Marc Albrighton, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez, Patson Daka, Dennis Praet, Timothy Castagne, Daniel Iversen, Lewis Brunt.
LEICESTER CITY (4-1-4-1): Danny Ward; James Justin, Wilfred Ndidi, Jonny Evans, Luke Thomas; Boubakary Soumare; James Maddison, Youri Tielemans, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Harvey Barnes; Jamie Vardy.
Manchester United have dug out back-to-back victories to ease the tension at Old Trafford under new manager Erik ten Hag. After losing successive matches to Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford, United responded by defeating Liverpool and Southampton to lift themselves up the table. The club have been active in the transfer market to sign Antony from Ajax for a significant fee, bolstering their attacking options. The Brazilian will not be available tonight, but it further strengthens Ten Hag's squad following the arrival of Casemiro.
Leicester are in dire need of a result tonight to ease the pressure on the club and manager Brendan Rodgers. The Foxes have taken one point from their opening four matches, and there is growing unrest after a frugal approach in the transfer market over the summer. Rodgers' men were beaten last time out by 10-man Chelsea and are sitting bottom of the table. They need a response against United to provide a momentum shift.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Leicester City and Manchester United at the King Power Stadium.