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Manchester United Humiliates Champions Leicester

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Posted: Sep 24, 2016 at 2:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (2)

All eyes were on Jose Mourinho today as the under-pressure Portuguese tactician bounced back from a miserable past few weeks with a win over the reigning champions at Old Trafford.

Despite guiding the United side to a 3-1 win against Northampton Town on Wednesday evening, defeats against Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford have made September a month to forget for the Red Devils, who desperately need to come away with a positive result today.

While a record of nine points from five games isn’t terrible, United already find themselves six points behind league leaders Manchester City, who have dominated thus far and will no doubt prove to be incredibly tough to catch. Not since 1986 have United lost two of their opening three home league games, whilst Mourinho has only ever lost three games in a row on one occasion during his entire managerial career.

Jose Mourinho decided to make eight changes to the United side that started the win against Northampton during the week, with the most notable exclusion being Wayne Rooney, who drops to the substitutes’ bench to be replaced by Juan Mata. Also back in the starting line-up are David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Meanwhile, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has made seven alterations to the side that featured against Chelsea in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, with Marcin Wasilewski, Ben Chilwell, Demarai Gray, Andy King, Jeffrey Schlupp, Shinji Okazaki and Ahmed Musa all making way for Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs, Riyad Mahrez, Daniel Amartey, Marc Albrighton, Jamie Vardy and Islam Slimani, respectively.

United started with promise but Leicester had the first chance of the game in the 11th minute. Albrighton darted into the United box unopposed as Valencia lost the ball down the right flank. He plays a quick one-two with Vardy before trying to pick out Slimani with a curling cross, but it’s poorly hit by the winger and sails straight into the hands of De Gea in the middle of the goal.

United took the lead in the 22nd minute as Blind fires in a cross from the left wing, but Simpson is there to deflect it out for a corner. The Dutchman takes the set-piece and lifts it right on to the head of Smalling, who beats Huth very easily on the edge of the six-yard box before sending a downward header past Zieler and into the back of the net.

Once that was in, United started mounting attacking pressure upon Leicester. And in 15 minutes, they were rewarded as Mata cuts inside from the right wing and tees up Pogba, who then chips a lovely pass into the path of Lingard. The number 14 meets the ball on the edge of the penalty area and immediately flicks it into the path of Mata, whose run isn’t tracked by the Leicester defence, allowing him to pick up the ball under very little pressure before rifling a shot past Zieler.

Ranieri’s men tried to do a quick come back before the second goal through Mahrez but he was overwhelmed by too many bodies in Red shirts.

Thereafter, two quick goals within 5 minutes from Rashford and the expensive Pogba gave United a first half impressive lead over the visitors.

Claudio Ranieri switched to a 5-man midfield for the second half as he brought on Demarai Gray for Jamie Vardy. This worked a bit as they were able to pull off a goal from the stunning strike of the new sub Gray, just before the hour mark.

United restarted the game by taking control of the midfield and covering their lapses. Pogba and Ibrahimovic had some chances late in the game but they could not convert it and the game ended four goals to one in favor of the hosts.

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