Leicester City made a strong statement after its tepid start to the Premier League season by doubling-up Manchester United 4-2 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday to move closer to its familiar top-half of the table.
Youri Tielemans, Jamie Vardy, Caglar Soyuncu, and Patson Daka all scored in the win, with Ayoze Perez delivering two assists off the bench as the Foxes moved into 11th with 11 points. That’s four behind United.
Harry Maguire’s very bad day took the headlines away from Marcus Rashford’s goal as both players returned to the lineup and saw United slip behind fourth-place Brighton by a point.
Mason Greenwood scored United’s also goal, and it was a smashing shot from distance.
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Leicester City vs Manchester United final score, stats
Final score: Leicester City 4, Manchester United 2
Scorers: Greenwood (19′), Tielemans (31′), Soyuncu (78′), Rashford (82′), Vardy (83′), Daka (90’+1)
Shots: Leicester City, 22-18
Shots on goal: Leicester City, 11-6
Possession: Manchester United, 51%
Three things we learned from Leicester City vs Manchester United
1. Harry’s very bad day: Harry Maguire’s return from injury was the opposite of Marcus Rashford’s (more on that in a minute). The England center back’s absent-minded time on the ball let Kelechi Iheanacho set up Tielemans’ opener, then Maguire kept Leicester’s attackers onside while calling for offside instead of worrying about scorer Caglar Soyuncu. Finally, Maguire got a terrific view of Patson Daka’s finish. He passed the ball well, especially long, but the defending part is truly more important, isn’t it? Maybe his day underscores how critical Raphael Varane has become, but Lindelof had an assist was genuinely the better center back.
2. Welcome back, Marcus: Marcus Rashford’s season debut could’ve hardly gone better for him — ignoring of course the team’s outcome — as he reminded Manchester United what it’s missing during a 25-minute run that saw him finish his lone chance of the day. On a day when United failed to put Cristiano Ronaldo in position to succeed, Rashford made it happen off a ball from Victor Lindelof.
3. Ayoze the super-duper sub: It hasn’t gone as Ayoze Perez would’ve expected after his inflated move from Newcastle star to Leicester City (mostly) sub, but he was very, very good in picking up two assists off the bench in this thriller at the KP. His work on the Vardy goal was sensational, he connected on all eight of his passes with just 15 touches in 17 minutes. Three key passes in that short of a period? Yes, please.
Man of the Match: Youri Tielemans
Frankly, he’s one of the very best midfielders in the world.
Leicester City team news, injuries, lineup
Jonny Evans is back from a foot injury but the game comes too soon for James Justin and Wilfred Ndidi. Wesley Fofana remains out for months.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 16, 2021
Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup
Raphael Varane is out for weeks but Harry Maguire is back. Amad Diallo is also out, but there’s a chance we may see Marcus Rashford’s season debut.
📣 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦! 📣
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 16, 2021
Leicester City vs Manchester United recap
Leicester City’s bottom-half start to the season can take an upswing if the Foxes can take advantage of centerback injuries within Manchester United at the King Power Stadium on Saturday/
But the Foxes haven’t been stopping too many teams from scoring either, as Wesley Fofana’s absence has hit the club hard and Wilfred Ndidi’s been out, too.
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
A Leicester City win (+240) and draw (+250) pay about the same, while away team status isn’t stopping Man United from +106 odds to take all three points.
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Man United is well-built to find their way to three points here, and the emotional boost of a possible Marcus Rashford return could really get United fans dreaming of their best days. Leicester City 1-3 Manchester United.