Manchester United moved to within five points behind table-toppers Arsenal on the Premier League standings, after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over visiting Leicester City at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
The scoreline did not reflect the true nature of proceedings as the visitors were dominant from the get-go, with Spaniard David de Gea making two brilliant saves to deny Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho.
The Red Devils had their noses in front through the ever-reliable Marcus Rashford, whose effort beat Danny Ward in goal as United took the slender lead into the interval.
The second period turned out to be an entirely different scenario from the first as Manchester United kept the ball better and made incursions into the Leicester City area. Marcus Rashford struck again in the 56th minute to double the advantage of the hosts albeit with the help of VAR, while substitute Jadon Sancho continued his own great patch since his return as he found the back of the net in the 62nd minute.
The result puts the Red Devils in confidence mode ahead of their UEFA Europa League second leg playoff clash against Spanish La Liga side FC Barcelona later this midweek.
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FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 3-0 Leicester City
62′ MIN: The hosts carve open Leicester through the middle, and Jadon Sancho applies the finishing touch after Bruno Fernandes’ cutback.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 3-0 Leicester City (J. Sancho)
56′ MIN: After consulting with VAR, the Red Devils double their advantage. Fred rolls the ball down the left for Marcus Rashford, and he coolly places it past Danny Ward to double United’s lead.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 2-0 Leicester City (M. Rashford)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 1-0 Leicester City
HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 1-0 Leicester City
25′ MIN: A delightful through ball from Bruno Fernandes sends Marcus Rashford bearing down on goal, and the man in fine form finds the net again.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 1-0 Leicester City (M. Rashford)
KICK-OFF AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Leicester City
The Foxes boast in their ranks the in-form Kelechi Iheanacho and Harvey Barnes while James Maddison will captain the side.
The duo of Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof will be in the heart of defence. Marcel Sabitzer starts in midfield alongside Fred while youngster Alejandro Garnacho, Wout Weghorst and the talismanic Marcus Rashford will spearhead the frontline.
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